IMOGENE — Russell “Buster” L. Mileham, age 76, of Imogene, Minn., handed away Tuesday night, Jan. 5, 2021, at his residence, together with his loving household by his facet. A memorial service for Buster will likely be held 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Lakeview Funeral Residence in Fairmont, Minn. Visitation will likely be one hour previous to the service. On account of COVID-19 restrictions, masks will likely be required and the variety of attendees will likely be restricted.
Buster was born Dec. 19, 1944, in Elkhart, Sick., the son of Elmer and Lillie (Stratton) Mileham. He attended Lake Fork Elementary Faculty via the eighth grade and continued his training at Mount Pulaski Excessive Faculty, the place he graduated with the category of 1963.
Following his commencement, Buster moved together with his brother Buddy to Elmore, Minn., the place he met JoAnn Terhark. They have been married July 3, 1965, and have been collectively for 29 years. They settled in Imogene Minn. and have been blessed with 4 youngsters. After their divorce, they have been capable of come collectively for his or her youngsters when wanted and remained associates in later years. Buster had a knack for fixing issues and located a calling as a heavy tools operator and grasp mechanic. He was a member of the Worldwide Union of Working Engineers Native 49. In his earlier years, he labored street development, taking part in an element in constructing I-90. He was current when the 2 ends met and the golden spike was poured. Buster labored for varied corporations over time together with Hodgeman’s, All State Paving and Astleford M G Firm, Inc. Buster was then recruited by Phillippi Gear Firm/Truck Crane Service the place he labored till his retirement. Throughout his time there he turned shut associates with the proprietor, Tony Phillippi, who had such confidence in Buster’s skills that he referred to as him out of retirement many occasions. He was all the time up for a problem and by no means hesitated when referred to as upon with a brand new undertaking or downside to be solved. When different mechanics would declare the job couldn’t be finished as a result of they didn’t have the elements, the store foreman would say “Ship Russ, he can repair it with nothing.” Buster loved designing and fabricating his many concepts. When Buster was not working, he loved many hobbies together with taking part in music. Though his favourite devices have been the fiddle, the guitar and the mandolin, there wasn’t a stringed instrument he couldn’t play. He loved going to bluegrass festivals. He performed with many bands together with “The Nation Sir” and at one level had a band of his personal that he referred to as “Buster and The String Alongs.” He additionally had a ardour for flying and earned his personal pilot’s license. He loved taking his household up and “operating over the clouds.” He appreciated the benefit of flying to Illinois to go to household because it solely took two and a half hours to get there at a time when driving was practically 9. Buster was proud to play an element in restoring a Grumman Albatross, a Korean-era search and rescue airplane which noticed fight service within the U.S. Air Power. Buster loved looking coon, rabbits, and squirrels. He was properly versed with bee conserving, cherished outdated fuel engines, outdated tractors, going to threshing bees and using his Harleys. Buster loved antiques of every kind. His Twenties period cook dinner range was his definition of residence. He all the time needed bacon and eggs made on that range and cooked many vacation turkeys in its oven. Buster cherished youngsters, seeing them smile and listening to their laughter, he would all the time say “there isn’t a greater sound on earth.” He appreciated joke and cherished to share his many jokes with others. Buster by no means met a stranger and was all the time prepared to assist others in want. “Yeah Buddy!” Left to cherish his reminiscence are his youngsters, Russ (Andrea) Mileham of Brookings, S.D., Kris (Dion) VonBank of Ceylon, Minn., Debi (Kevin) Koep of Alexandria, Minn., Tim (Niki) Mileham of Granada, Minn.; grandchildren, Christopher (Meghan) Stromberg, Taylor (Jacob) Fenner, Michelle (Jon) Dykstra, Derek VonBank, Dylan VonBank, Tyler (Katie) Koep, Tanner Koep, Madison Mileham, Madisen Lewis, Wyatt Lewis and Levi Lewis; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Eddie Mileham of Riverton, Sick., and Dean Mileham of Elkhart, Sick.; two sisters, Velma (Vernon) Burt of Guckeen, Minn., and Alma Walker of Forest Metropolis, Iowa; in addition to many different prolonged household and associates. Buster was preceded in demise by his dad and mom, Elmer and Lillie Mileham; father-in-law and
mother-in-law, Chris and Meta Terhark; brothers, Elmer “Bud” Lee Mileham, and Harry “Buddy” Mileham; sister, Mary Alice Hotchkiss; brother-in-law, Marvin Walker; sisters-in-law, Alberta “Bunnie” Mileham, and Margaret Mileham. www.lakeviewfuneralhome.web