HICO - Milburn Irvin Knudson, 85, died Monday, November 15, 2010, in his home in Hico. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Hico.

Milburn was born on March 25, 1925 in his family home near Mustang to O.C. and Sadie Knudson. He attended the small school at Mustang until it closed, then finished at Hico High School. He joined the Navy while attending the University of Texas. The Navy transferred him to officer training school at Mercer University in Georgia, where he met and married his wife Bettye Holder. He finished his Midshipman training at Northwestern University and served on the USS Dayton in the Pacific until 1946. After the war, he returned to Hico with his new family.

Milburn received a B.A. degree in Business from Baylor University while working  at Barnes and McCullough Lumber Yard in Hico, taking a bus twice a week to attend classes in Waco. In 1955, he purchased the Hico Motor Company which he owned and operated until his retirement.

Milburn was active in the Hico community for many years, serving in leadership roles in the Hico Civic Club, the Boy Scouts, the Lions Club, the First United Methodist Church, the Hico School Board, and the Bluebonnet Country Club. In 2002 he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hico Civic Club.

He was also blessed with many, many wonderful friends throughout the area whom he deeply cherished.

Survivors include his wife, Bettye; son Butch of Gonzales; four grandchildren, Jill Lockett of Vancourt, Rev. Jason Burden of Trinity, Jana Anders of Mountain View, CA, Ann Gattie of Seattle, WA; seven great-grandchildren (and one more on the way) and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two children, Steve Knudson and Susan Burden; his parents, Conrad and Sadie; his sister, Tira Wallace; his brothers, Wade, Carroll and Gene.