Jeffrey Ray Milligan, age 68, of 304 Piedmont Road, Freeport, died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 in Akron General Hospital, Akron, Ohio, following an acute illness.

Jeff was born in Newport, Ohio, on Aug. 19, 1953. He was a son of the late Harry H. “Bud” Milligan and Lola M. Scott Milligan. He was a 1972 graduate of New Philadelphia High School. Jeff worked at the Freeport Press in Freeport for a couple of years after graduation, then worked over 30 years at Great Plains/Stone Container in New Philadelphia, then returned to the Freeport Press as a forklift operator until he retired Aug. 29, 2020. He was a member of the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department for forty-nine years.

Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Debra Jeannette Bear Milligan. They were married on July 7, 1973. Also surviving is a son, Kevin (Melissa) Milligan of New Philadelphia; a daughter, Kyra Milligan of Freeport; two granddaughters, Olivia and Aliya; a grand-dog, Bella; a brother, Tom L. (Nancy) Milligan of Wooster; his mother-in-law, Ann Bear of Freeport; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Koch Funeral Home (216 S. High Street, Freeport) and for one hour before the service on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 in the Freeport United Methodist Church. A funeral service will begin at noon, with Pastor Jim McConnell officiating. Fireman service and burial will follow in Greenmont Union Cemetery, Freeport. Memorial contributions can be made in Jeff’s memory to the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department (119 Main Street, Freeport, OH 43973). Koch Funeral Home (216 S. High Street) Freeport was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be made on their website at