Bryce Preston Millikan, 62

Bryce Preston Millikan was born December 9, 1956, to Dorothy and Dean Millikan. The youngest of six, Bryce appreciated a hard day’s work. He was employed by a country vet while he attended Bedford High School and later learned the farming business at Central Iowa Farm Store, where he was employed for more than 30 years.

He built a family and loved his “girls”– Stacey, Brandi and Wendy. His third act in life began when he met his wife Kathy and his family grew to include Kathy’s sons Adam, Josh, and James and Bryce and Kathy’s children together (the second litter): Taylor, Teon, and Breahna. Bryce and Kathy built a beautiful life and enjoyed quality time with their huge, blended family. He fulfilled his dream of owning his own business, crafting custom decks, working with the sun on his back. He loved mowing his lawn, building his tree house, cheering on the younger kids at sports events, and attending his church.

We can barely begin to tell you all the things that Bryce loved with his whole heart, but here goes: He loved butterscotch schnapps in his Saturday morning coffee, telling a really good/bad joke, a perfectly organized parts counter, singing karaoke, playing bass with Sneaky Pete, puttering around his “garage-mahal,” strumming the guitar while sitting around a bonfire, admiring the stars on a clear Iowa night, sipping a Crown Royal with his sister Donna, talking tractors and crops with the oldtimers, “gooning” the young ones, the wind in his hair when he rode his Honda, then later the sun on his shiny dome as he rode his shiny Harley. Bryce loved playing cribbage, cooking up his weird chili, wrasslin’ with the grandkids, listening to live music and bragging about his family.

At the end of his battle with cancer, he was brave, positive and grateful for all God gave him. He was a man of faith and he knew in his heart that he was walking into the arms of Jesus. Whether you knew him as Dingo, Grandpa, B-ryce, Dad, or just Bryce, he loved being surrounded by his friends and family and he loved you.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 10th, 10:00 a.m., Grace Church, 4200 East 25th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50317.

Memorials for the family can be sent to: Bryce (Dingo) Millikan Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 249, Bondurant, IA, 50035. Family requests no floral arrangements.

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