Peter W. Milliken, 51

Peter Milliken

Peter Milliken

WEST BALDWIN — Peter W. Milliken, 51, of Portland and formerly of West Baldwin, passed away on April 15, 2013, just one day after his dad’s 89th birthday, at the VA Hospice Center in Togus, ending a courageous battle with cancer.

He was the beloved son of Gordon and Shirley (Estes) Milliken; cherished husband to Lisa (Mitchell) Milliken; step-dad to Scottie Bissonnette, and daddy to Sean.

Peter attended Baldwin schools, was a 1980 graduate of Sacopee Valley High School, and completed truck-driving school in 1991.

As a child, Peter was a Boy Scout, played little league and soccer, collected Matchbox cars and attended Sunday school in West Baldwin. His best childhood friends were Michael Ward and Jeff Libby. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was a member of the West Baldwin Fire Department and had a lifetime membership to the Fryeburg Fair.

Peter proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1981 to 1985 at Ft. Knox, Ky., Fort Carson, Colo., and Baunholder, Germany. He received the Marksmanship Award, Good Conduct Medal and the Army Achievement Award. He spent seven more years in the Army National Guard.

He spent most of his working career doing what he loved, driving big rigs as a long haul trucker.

Peter was predeceased by his grandparents, Murray and Lucile Milliken and Harold and Hilda Estes.

Surviving are his wife, Lisa Mitchell Milliken; their children, Scottie Bissonnette and Sean Milliken of Portland; his parents, Gordon and Shirley Milliken of West Baldwin; his sister, Lynn Dodd of West Baldwin; and several aunts, uncles; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Peter will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. “A life well lived is a precious gift of hope, and strength, and grace; from someone who has made our world a brighter, better place.”

A memorial service with military honors was held on Monday, April 22, at 3 p.m., at the West Baldwin Methodist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at:

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Hospice Unit, VA Maine Care of Voluntary Services, VA Maine HCS, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330. Please make checks payable to: Hospice Unit VA Maine Care of Voluntary Svcs.

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