Lester D. McMillin

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Services for Lester D. McMillin, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at United Methodist Church in Ruthven. Rev. Roger Maize will officiate the service.

Inurnment will occur at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven.

Lester D. McMillin, son of Ernest and Merta (Hill) McMillin, was born Sept. 12, 1916, on the family farm southeast of Ruthven, Ia. He attended country school a mile and a half from home through the seventh grade. He attended eighth grade and high school in Ruthven where he graduated in 1932.

Lester spent two years with his dad on the farm before entering Iowa State College. He graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry in 1939. He went into partnership with his father on the farm until he was drafted into service in March of 1941. He spent a few years training men for combat duty, attained the rank of Captain, and sailed with his 827th Tank Destroyer Battalion to the European Theater, where they served until V.E. Day, when he returned to Ruthven in the spring of 1946.

He was married to Gladys Goodrich, daughter of Ray and Neva (Kitch) Goodrich, on Dec. 31, 1942, in Pemberton, Minn. She was with him until he went overseas. They had four children: Ronald, Patricia, Janis and Marjorie.

Lester enjoyed preparing the soil and caring for his garden each year. He was an avid reader and was very talented at woodworking. Lester and Gladys were able to travel to many places throughout the years.

He served in many organizations: the Ruthven School Board, Palo Alto County School Board, the Farm Bureau Board, Ruthven Elevator Board, and Pocahontas Rural Electric Board. He served as commander of the American Legion and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Golden Kiwanis. He was active in all Methodist Church activities and served seven years as Sunday School superintendent.

Lester passed away at the age of 95 on Sept. 15, 2011, at St. Luke Nursing Home in Spencer, Ia. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; Bernice (McMillin) LeCocq and Leta; three brothers: Roy, Max and Clifford; two daughters: Patricia McMillin and Marjorie (McMillin) Vaagen; a son-in-law: Rick Wilson; four sisters-in-law: Winifred (Hynes) McMillin, Ellen (Lande) McMillin, Fae (Goodrich) Geise, Beulah (Hill) Goodrich; and three brothers-in-law: Louis LeCocq, Lawrence Geise, and Elmer Goodrich.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys, of Spencer, Ia.; his children: Ronald of Everly, Ia., and Janis (McMillin) Wilson of Philadelphia, Pa.; son-in-law, Russ Vaagen of Adel, Ia.; two granddaughters: Kathryn (Vaagen) Franz and her husband, Rob of Ottumwa, Ia., and Sarah Vaagen of Grimes, Ia.; three sisters-in-law: Arlene (Zielstra) McMillin of Ringsted, Ia., Erma (Goodrich) Juliar of Mankato, Minn., and Bonnie (Ulman) Goodrich of Orange, Calif.; and two brothers-in-law: Virgil Juliar of Mankato, Minn., and Glen Goodrich of Orange, Calif.; by nephews and nieces, as well as many friends.

He will be remembered as a quite, kind and caring person.

Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.