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William Wayne Milnes (Wild Bill)


William Wayne Milnes (Wild Bill), 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Simla, Colorado following a brief illness. Born and raised in Missouri, the son of Francis and Catherine (Blakely) Milnes, he met and married Shirley Milow in Denver in 1949. Bill was a resident of Golden, Colorado; Norcator, Kansas; Goldendale and Simla. In his early years, Bill was employed at the Denver stockyards, then worked for his father-in-law, running heavy equipment at a trenching company. Later, he decided to become self-employed and started a horse-shoeing business, which led him to form the Milnes Rodeo Company. He is survived by his eight children: son, Richard Milnes (Kathy) of Sterling, Colorado; daughter, Nicky Foster (Ron) of Lamar, Colorado; daughter, Toni Smith (Terry) of Sterling, Alaska; daughter, Tracy Kaden (Larry) of Centerville; son, Casey Milnes of Goldendale; son, Coray Milnes (Diane) of Wheatland, Wyoming; son, Carey Milnes (Tamie) of Thornton, Colorado and Jesse Milnes (Richard) of Blackhawk, Colorado. He is also survived by twenty grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, twelve great-great-grandchildren and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, in 2005. Bill not only took pride in his business, but truly relished all of the many friends he made during his time in business and over the years. A memorial service is to be held at the First Baptist Church at 400 Sioux St., Simla on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. Jerry Allen will officiate. A reception will follow at 401 Caribou St., Simla, at one of Bill’s favorite places, Momma Smith’s Café. For information, you can contact


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