McDonald's Chapel & Redding Memorial Park

1275 Continental Street, Redding, CA


Louis Dale Milligan

October 29, 1938May 10, 2020

Louis Dale Milligan, age 81, of Redding, California passed away on Sunday May 10, 2020 after battling cancer. Louie died peacefully with his beloved wife of 61 years, Joyce Milligan and his three daughters by his side. Louie was born October 29, 1938 in Lifkin, Texas to Lester and Alice Milligan. The oldest of 5 sons, Louie enlisted in the Navy in 1956 at the age of 17 as a naval machinist mate stationed on the USS Rodgers. During his service, while on leave he met his wife Joyce and was soon married before his honorable discharge in 1959. The grew their family and soon had three daughters Diane, Norma, and Teresa. If you would ask the girls how their childhood was, it would be nothing short of wonderful. While growing up in Santa Cruz, CA Louie and Joyce made sure they gave their girls the world. Always going on adventures, attending social gatherings like car clubs, racing Jeeps at Pismo beach, camping, fishing, and going on memorable family trips. Louie was a family man, he never went anywhere without including his girls. Later in 1979, they moved from Santa Cruz for a more small town feel of Redding. There, he started his thriving transmission business along side of his brother. Louie's passion was cars, a true mechanic at heart. He had a gifted talent and passion for rebuilding classic cars and they were the most beautiful show cars you could see. That passion and love for vintage cars, led Louie along with his brother Bud and friend, Tom Parker to start and found Redding's now beloved and very popular Kool April Nights. Louie wasn't a man that sought the spot light, but if anyone thanked or recognized him for his large part of the car show, it would bring the biggest smile to his face. He was proud of many accomplishments in his life, but one of his most proud was being a part of such an admired and treasured event in our community. Because of that, he leaves behind a legacy that will live on in Northern California.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Alice Milligan and brother Chuck Milligan. He is survived by his wife Joyce Milligan; their three daughters, Diane (Tom) Gaither, Norma (Bruce) Bates, and Teresa (Dan) Cook. Grandchildren; Kevin, Krystal, Tanya, Timothy, Samantha, Tristen, Stephanie, Kenneth, Taylor and Branden. Three brothers; Ed, Bud, and Jack Milligan, along with 12 great grandchildren.

A visitation for Louis will be held Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at McDonald's Chapel, 1275 Continental St, Redding, California. Following the visitation will be a procession and private burial at Northern California Veterans Cemetery, 11800 Gas Point Rd, Igo, California 96047.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 28, 2020


Louis Dale Milligan

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May 27, 2020

Wish I had the honor of meeting him, but I have had the honor of knowing his daughter, Teresa and family! Great family full of fun and life! Can’t wait until next years “ Kool April Nites!” We shall HONOR this great man and veteran! Rest now, Louis Dale Milligan!♥️😇Dan, Karen,Zack and Brandon Webb

Tanya Weigant

May 20, 2020

Our grandfather was a man of few words. The one solid memory I will always keep is... he made me feel loved in few words. He made me feel he was proud of me and everything was ok in life in very few words. He has the look and warmth in his eyes that you knew he loved you. You knew that even though I lived far when we spent time together, it meant something to him.
I appreciate all the time we had together. Although I wish it could have been more, we valued the time we had together.
Fly in the sky Papa. Look down on us until we met again.

Love you,

Jeff Wakefield

May 19, 2020

My ex father-in-law was a good man. We had a lot of fun together him and I watching 49er games and taking me fishing on Shasta Lake. He absolutely loved his old vintage cars. I helped him build a 55 Ford pick up. Well I helped anyway. My heart is with all of the family at this time. He will be missed.


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