Milton Green Dunham - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

May 7, 1925 - October 14, 2023

On October 14, 2023, Milton Green Dunham died peacefully at the age of 98, at the Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis.

Preceded in death by parents, Stephen and Eleanor; and siblings, Cecil, Francis and Jean. Survived by former wife, Christine; children, Mark and Nan (Andrew); and grandchildren, Esme and Linus.

Milton’s life was marked by his service to community and country. As a District Court Referee, he sat on the Hennepin County Family Court for 35 years. Prior to his career as a lawyer, he served in the Army on active duty in Europe during WWII and in Korea during the Korean Conflict. Milton extended his military service in the Army Reserves Selective Service retiring after 19 years with rank of Colonel. In retirement Milton was a longtime hospice volunteer, winning the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care for his service providing 11th hour care to patients throughout the Minneapolis area. In his free time he was an avid reader. Milton will be sadly missed by friends and family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Minnesota Veterans Home-Minneapolis at 5101 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55417, Attn: Public Affairs; or by donating online at


  1. Jeffrey P Hicken says:

    Milt was a fellow officer in our Selective Service Unit in the Minnesota Guard. In addition, I often appeared in his courtroom. He was full of energy and intelligence. Over the years, we shared many experiences, and a few good-hearted disagreements. I’ll miss him.

  2. Tom Hawes says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Milt’s passing. He was a wonderful friend to me and my family. He visited us many times over the years. He was a kind and caring man. We were blessed to give him rides to church when he was no longer able to drive. He always had a positive influence on all of us. We really loved him. We extend our sincere sympathies to his family. He will certainly be missed.

  3. Rex Ermatinger says:

    I knew Milton for twelve years when I lived in Minnesota. He was a good friend and I tried to be a good friend back.

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