|Birth: ||Oct. 18, 1903|
|Death: ||Sep. 14, 1995|
St. Louis County
Earl Ira McMillan was born October 18, 1903 near Green, Kansas, to Arthur and Emma McMillan. He passed away Thursday morning, September 14, 1995 at the home of his youngest daughter in Kirkwood, Missouri at age 91 years, ten months and 26 days.
He alternated teaching school and attending college until graduating from Kansas State in 1928.
On August 12, 1931, while serving as the high school principal in Longford, Kansas, he married Pearl Lucille Emrich, a one-room country school teacher.
In 1935 he, his wife and their three-year-old daughter moved to a farm near Cabool, Missouri, where they lived for 57 years. For seven years he taught in the country schools of New Arlyns, Johnson and Mt. Ararat. In 1942 he joined the Balanced Farming Association and dedicated his life to the pursuit of farming. With his family by his side he fully enjoyed this challenge.
He served his community in many capacities, by encouraging his neighbors to sign a petition for the Rural Electric Association in the community; by serving on the Cabool School Board for 16 years; by serving on the board of the Farm and Home Association and Mid-America Producers Creamery; and also seported statistics to the U.S. Weather Bureau for many years.
He accepted Chirst as a teenager in Idana, Kansas. In November of 1939 he became a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, treasurer, and Sunday School teacher for many years. He always exemplified his desire to be obedient to what he thought the Lord wanted him to do.
His marriage of 64 years to Pearl was a continuous celebration of great love and devotion. The past five years Pearl has been his dedicated and selfless caregiver. His patience and sweet spirit in adversity were evident to all.
Survivers include his wife, Pearl; two daughters and their husbands; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his brother Ilo McMillan of Canon City, Colorado; and his sister Leota Hartner of Clinton, Missouri.
Funeral services were conducted 2:00p.m. Saturday, September 16, 1995 in Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Jones officiating. Burial was in Mt. Ararat Cemetery under direction of Elliott-Gentry Funeral Home, Cabool.
Some of Grandpa's favorite treats included: icecream; root beer; salted Spanish peanuts and black licorice eaten together. His grandchildren knew he kept the peanuts and licorice in the top drawer of the chest of drawers in the bedroom. Even though they snacked on them, he never changed their hiding place.
Arthur Thompkins McMillan (1878 - 1947)
Emma Elisabeth Hammer McMillan (1882 - 1955)
Pearl Lucile Emrich McMillan (1913 - 2008)
Earl Ira McMillan (1903 - 1995)
Leota Allie McMillan Hartner (1905 - 1994)*
Ilo Arthur McMillan (1906 - 1982)*
Mount Ararat Cemetery
Maintained by: P Jones
Originally Created by: Mary Jo Freeman
Record added: Dec 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45576016
Much loved Grandpa|
Added: Apr. 30, 2011