In Memory

William T. Milburn

William T. Milburn

Glendale, Ariz. - William T. "Bill: Milburn of Glendale, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at the age of 64.  He was born in Springfield, IL.

He had four brothers, Curt, Don, Joe and Frank, all but two of whom have now welcomed him home.  He is also joyfully reunited with his parents, Frank and Thelma, who preceded him in death.

Bill was a testament to the American dream.  A graduate of Lanphier High School, Bill worked multiple jobs to keep his family fed and a roof over-head.  Through hard work and dedication Bill climbed the ladder of success to become the owner and CEO of Milburn Distributions, the world's largest equine veterinary distribution company.

Although Bill was a successful entrepreneur, his greatest achievement was his family.

He is survived by two sons, Todd and Brent; two daughters, Kimberly Ettling and Tracy Elam; as well as 10 grandchildren.

Funeral Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. Burial at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, AZ.

Donations to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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03/03/11 04:32 PM #1    

Lawrence A. (Larry) Wieties

Bill attended the 45th reunion and told me he had a wonderful time, especially at the friday night mixer hosted by Beverly and Hubie Collins. Bill is quite a story and one that I knew nothing about until the reunion. He was the founder and CEO of Milburn Distributions in Arizona, a company that provides equine supplies. When I looked the company up, the annual revenue was 10-15 million dollars annually and employed many people. Quite an accomplishment for a self made person who said he "had a vision" and pursuit of that made him a wealthy and content person, especially since he was able to help his family with their futures. Bill was a teammate of mine in Pony League youth baseball and still had the team picture plus spoke fondly of my father who was our coach. Spending some quality time with Bill was special and it is unfortunate that he is no longer with us.

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