Dunning, Neb., farrier Ty Milleson passed away Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was 22.
The funeral service was Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at the Sandhills High School Gymnasium in Dunning with Pastor Mark Sievering officiating. Burial followed in the Purdum Cemetery in Purdum.
Milleson, affectionately known as Timmy, was born Dec. 8, 1997, in Broken Bow, Neb. He was ornery from the day he was born, but brought light to everyone around him. He was 100% boy, and cows, horses, and tractors were everything to him. He could not stand to be inside, or sit still. He was the most active and amazing child. Everything he set his mind to he did, and did well.
He started rodeoing at the age of 3, and it did not take long for rodeo to consume his life. Over his short time on this Earth, Milleson won well over 80 belt buckles all over Nebraska and surrounding states. When he was a seventh grader, Milleson made the National Junior High Finals in Gallup, N.M., in team roping. In high school, he was rookie of the year in the NHSRA. His junior year he was the state champion tie down roper and competed at nationals in Rock Springs, Wyo. His senior year he was the runner up steer wrestler and tie down roper and competed in Gillette, Wyo., for nationals that year.
He graduated in 2016 from Sandhills High School in Dunning. After high school Ty continued his rodeo career in college where he competed in the Central Rocky Mountain Region in tie down, steer wrestling, and team roping. While on Northeaster Junior College’s rodeo team he had even more success with his passion, winning Casper and Lamar’s rodeos in tie down. Ty graduated in 2018 from NJC in Sterling, Colo., with a degree in agri-business. After graduation, he moved back home to the ranch to pursue his dream of running the ranch. In high school and through the time of his death, Milleson also competed at NSRA, M-SRA, and PRCA rodeos. His dream was to one day make it to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Milleson became extremely involved in his church, auctioneering, was a farrier, and a great horse trainer. He watched farriers trim and shoe our horses for years, and decided it was something he wanted to learn how to do, and that he did.
In 2018, Milleson attended the Comstock Windmill Festival with his best friend JT, who was accompanied by his girlfriend Brittni, who brought her college roommate Shelby. In December 2019, Milleson asked Shelby to marry him. They were wed the following August. Ty and Shelby had such a miniscule amount of time together, but it was very obvious from the beginning that they were made for each other. You have never seen two people more perfect together, they were set to have a wonderful life.