Jimmie "Eburlik" Milligrock III
September 15th, 2017 | Staff Report
Jimmie "Eburlik" Milligrock III
May 29, 1991 - September 29, 2016?
For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered me from the lowest hell ~Psalm 86:13?
On May 29, 1991, God granted our family the birth of Jimmie to proud parents Jimmy Sr. and *Darlene (Dolly) Milligrock in Nome, Alaska. Sept. 29, 2016, Jimmie Milligrock drowned in a lagoon channel near Point Hope, Alaska. Milligrock was traveling with Raymond Killigvuk of Point Hope whose body was recovered. Kotzebue, Deering, and Savoonga Search and Rescue provided suppor?to Point Hope Search and Rescue. Recovering his body wa?difficult and unsuccessful due to murky water and fall weather conditions. Private search and rescue efforts continued in hopes to recover Milligrock's body from the depths of the waters throughout the winter.
With an outstanding personality, Milligrock grew a bond with many who called him their brother and son. He had a vibrant smile and attitude that would brighten anyone's day. Milligrock's passion for hunting, being outdoors, camping, boating, fishing and umiktuk (whale hunt) provided a rich subsistence lifestyle for his family and community. Milligrock was in Clark and Tia Lane's Whale Hunting crew. Our brother Ben loved his best friend Ebrulik Frankson who passed away in 1990s at a young age. Shortly after Jimmie Milligrock III's birth, Ben told our mom and his dad to name the baby brother after his best friend, but parents wanted to name him Jimmie III. So they ended up naming him Jimmie Eburlik III.
Milligrock is survived by his father Jimmy Fruit Milligrock Sr., paternal grandparents Arnold and Tillie Teayoumeak of Point Hope; maternal grandparents Walter Cabinboy Sr. and Gertrude Apaya Analoak of Anchorage; siblings Karen Nancy Teesateskie; Nancy Theresa, Walter Arthur (Wally) Analoak; Benjamin Charles, Aaron Casper and Tillie Margaret Milligrock. Jimmie will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunties, uncles and friends throughout Tikigaq (Point Hope) and King Island (Nome) Region.
Milligrock was preceded in death by mother *Darlene Ann Milligrock aka Dolly, brother Jimmy Milligrock Jr?and best friend Raymond Killigvuk. Favorite song sung by mother Darlene (Dolly) is, "You are my sunshine." Darlene was a lineal shareholder of Sitnasuak and Bering Straits Native Corporations. Darlene married Jimmy Sr. in 1991 and was honorably buried in November, 1996?next t?Point Hope Chief Atanauruq. Jimmie Eburlik is great-great-great grandson to Chief Atanauruq.?
Nov. 20, 201?- Memorial service was held in Point Hope (on mother Darlene's birthday).
Dec. 10, 201?- A plaque was presented to Point Hope Search and Rescue during 2017 Tikigaq Dance Festival.
June 13, 201?- A body part was discovered floating during annual whale festival, which was sent to FBI for DNA testing. FB?confirmed a positive match that it was Milligrock.
Aug. 18, 2017 - Funeral services were held at Tikigaq Episcopal Church with burial at Point Hope cemetery following.?The family of Jimmie gives their greatest gratitude to those who provided support in the search, prayers and love. Thank you!
"Be the one who makes a difference and wear a life vest or jacket when boating," the family said, offering the following poem as inspiration:
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking up a something and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"
The youth replied,
"Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw then back, they'll die."
"Son", the man said "don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't make a difference!"
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said
"I made a difference for that one."
For more information on Milligrock's accident, visit http://www.thearcticsounder.com/article/1640point_hope_man_dies_in_boating_accident, http://iaminuit.tumblr.com/search/Jimmie+Milligrock or https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/38920/0/.