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Richard William Milligan

December 22, 1958April 7, 2021

Richard William Milligan, age 62, of Clinton Twp, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Richard was born December 22, 1958, to the late DeWitt & Arneda (Woods) Milligan. Richard is survived by his sister Jacqueline Milligan and cousin Grant (Maureen) West. Richard (aka Guido or Ritchie) graduated from Cody High School and obtained an Associate in Business Administration from Wayne County Community College. He worked at SVS Vision for 27 years and considered his co-workers part of his extended family. Guido’s lifelong passion was music. He was a professional musician that could play guitar, drums and the bass, boy could he play the bass! He was in so many amazing bands, too many to list, all of which had a unique impact on his life. He loved to write songs and LOVED to perform; he was truly at home on stage. His other passion was riding his motorcycles, especially his latest Ultra Classic Electra Glide Harley. He will be missed by all that knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s name may be made to either Michigan Humane Society or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

A Private Family Memorial Service will be held. The Memorial Service will be Streamed on Facebook Live.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.kaul-fh.net for the Milligan family.

  • FAMILY

  • The late DeWitt & Arneda (Woods) Milligan, Parents
  • Jacqueline Milligan, Sister
  • Grant (Maureen) West, Cousin

Services

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Paul Kramer

May 8, 2021

I first met Richard back in 1979 at Guitar &Drum Center where I worked. He was trying out some bass gear. His playing and personality (that smile and laugh) got my attention. We bumped into each over the years at jams and shows. I always wanted to be in a band with him so in 92 I asked him to join my band. The next year 93 the new band Coda was complete. What a great time it was for us playing and writing music we loved. Guido was an unbelievable person. He was a master musician and one of the kindest guys you could ever meet. I feel lucky and grateful for the time we had together as musician brothers. He will always be in my heart and mind. Rip Guido🙏❤️🎸

Randall Barnett

May 8, 2021

I first saw Richard when he and Darryl and Jeff Plummer played at my High School. He was an inspiration then and continued to be ever since. I took over on bass after he left to play with Tin Soldier but I'll be the first to admit that I couldn't hold a candle to him. Not many could. He was exceptional on so many levels. As a performer he was one of the most professional musicians I ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Timothy Woods

May 7, 2021

Fond memories of Richard going all the way back to childhood days. You will be missed.
Timothy Woods (cousin)

Jade Swain

May 6, 2021

Thank you for the music Guido, rest easy brother.
Love from the UK Zug izland family ❤️

Scott and Pat Yaroch

May 6, 2021

Thank you for all the beautiful musical memories Richard...rest well 💔🎵🕯

Steve Schultz

May 6, 2021

I was surprised and deeply saddened to hear about Guido’s passing. He had an impact on my life and now it seems there is a tempo change in the rhythm of life.
It was an honor and a privilege to mix sound for Tin Soldier in the early 80s. Listening to their tunes “The Bitter End” and “That’s The Way It Goes” have a more emotional meaning to me now.
Keep a steady pocket and play on brother!

Brenda Thomas

April 29, 2021

I still can't believe you're gone. But at least I have 40 years of memories. I'll never be able to bake an apple pie again without thinking of you and the pies I'd bake you when you were in LA with Mexico 70. (Not to mention all the apple pie you ordered anytime we were at a restaurant.)

This picture is the day that changed things for you and got you the gig with Mexico 70. You called me your good luck charm from that day on. I wish I could've brought you luck against this nasty virus.

RIP dear Guido.

Katie Koch

April 27, 2021

Oh Guido.......Thank you for being such a good friend for 28 years, I am really going to miss you. This has been so hard, but I know in time I will see a picture, or hear a song that makes me think of you and I will be able to smile. Rest in Peace.

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Biography

Mr. Richard William “Guido” Milligan

Age 62

Clinton Township years of residency 27 years

Date of Birth: December 22, 1958

Place of birth Detroit Michigan

Date of Death April 7, 2021

Graduated from Cody High and obtained an associate in business administration from Wayne County Community College

Hobbies: socializing with friends and musicians, writing songs, and riding his Ultra Classic Electra Guide Harley. Richard “Guido” Milligan played bass guitar for over 45 years with many musicians in the U.S. and Europe. He has recorded with many bands and has a following of loyal fans that he has befriended.

Richard worked at SVS vision for over 25 years and was a musician for over 56 years.

Survivor Information-Sister Jacqueline Denise Milligan
Cousin Grant (Maureen) West

Preceded in death – Father DeWitt Richard Milligan

Mother Arneda Mae Milligan

Memorial Service will be presented at Kaul Funeral Home, in Roseville on Gratiot. The service will be live on Facebook to all that is on his account.

Starting at 11am-12pm Memorial Service-12pm-1pm

Pastor: 12:00pm

Eulogy – Katie Koch, Mazzin Najor, Grant West

Time for sharing after the eulogy.