Redding Resident Milton Magnussen, 76, Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, has Died

Milton Robert Magnussen, aged 76, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, December 4, 2023, in Redding, Connecticut.

Milton was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was predeceased by his father, Milton Robert Magnussen and his mother, Elinor Magnussen. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Elaine Magnussen, his three daughters: Sonja Magnussen of Gainesville, VA; Lara Magnussen Mecca and her husband Mike of Norwalk, CT; Erika Magnussen Vibbert and her husband Roger of Redding, CT; his four deeply-loved grandchildren: Kyle and Ava Zambrana, and Dylan and Derrick Vibbert. He will also be greatly missed by his brother, David Magnussen, his wife Nancy, and their children and Grandchildren.

Milton was a Marine Corps veteran who served during the Vietnam War where he received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and other metals of valor.

Milton started his career working in the tree industry in Massachusetts and later spent several years as a Ranger for the Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Child in Plymouth. In 1980, He moved his family to Redding, Connecticut where he worked for the Bridgeport Hydrolic Company. He spent the rest of his career working for the Ridgefield Board of Education in both its custodial and maintenance divisions. Outside of his career, Milton was often invited by Ridgefield, Fairfield, and Redding Schools to share with students his passion regarding the effect war has on soldiers, as well as personal experiences that could not be taught in textbooks.

Visitation hours to celebrate his life will take place on Friday, December 8th from 6:00PM - 8:00 PM at the Redding Ridge Fire Department, 186 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding, CT. He will be interred on Saturday, December 9th with military honors in a private family ceremony in Massachusetts.

Submitted by Redding, CT

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