Phillip Warren "Warnie" Millikan, 93, Sheridan, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 17, 2019 at Wellbrooke of Westfield.

Born April 21, 1925 in Sheridan, he was the son of the late Lacy and Pearl (Thornton) Millikan.

He attended Sheridan High School and proudly served his country as a soldier in the U.S. Army during WWII.

On Aug. 14, 1948, Warren married the love of his life, Bonnie Jean Hill.

Mr. Millikan seemed to have a natural ability for figuring out how things worked. From a very young age, he often could be found taking things apart and putting them back together. As the years went on, the size and complexity of his fix-it projects increased until it became his career.

From 1960-87 he owned and operated Millikan Service Station. A workaholic through and through, work was more like a hobby to Mr. Millikan. A very gifted mechanic, he enjoyed working with his hands but loved even more helping his friends and neighbors.

He loved the Sheridan community very much, and loved helping take care of its residents. After retiring from the service station, he continued to work on cars out of his garage at home, continuing to take care of his regulars and his neighbors whom had relied on him for decades. Keeping Sheridan running was not the only way he took care of his community. For more than 50 years Mr. Millikan was a firefighter with the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department, serving as Fire Chief for 25 of those years. Retirement afforded him the time to devote to one special activity that he held very dear to his heart; he became a substitute bus driver for Sheridan schools. Through many years, various name changes for the school system, and multiple team and staff rosters, there were two constants when it came to Sheridan Football; Larry "Bud" Wright was your coach, and Warnie would be driving you to the game. For more than 20 years, he faithfully drove the Blackhawks all over the state of Indiana.

Mr. Millikan was a member of the Sheridan Lions Club for over 35 years, and a member of the Sheridan American Legion, K.V. Elliott Post 67.
When he had a little time to himself, he enjoyed watching Jeopardy and Survivor. He also loved following NASCAR; Kurt Busch was by far his favorite driver. Mr. Millikan also did a little racing himself. In the early '50s, he raced stock cars; his car of choice was his 1940 Ford Coupe.

Family was a very important part of his life. He truly cherished the years that he and Mrs. Millikan worked the family farm. She also kept the books for the service station. She passed away on April 9, 2008.

Survivors include his two sons, Kenneth W. (Julia) Millikan and Lacy E. (Penny) Millikan, both of Sheridan; his daughter, Julie A. (David) Stowers of Sheridan; six grandchildren, Melissa (Tim), Marta (Eddie), Monica, Matthew (Nikki), Zachary (Becky) and Lindsay (Chad); 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Other than his wife Bonnie, he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and Jack Millikan; and his half-sister, Gladys Pearl Dell.
Services with Military Honors are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Russell Wilson will be officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be presented to either the Sheridan Fire Department or the Sheridan Lions Club.