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Max B. McMillen
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Birth: May 9, 1924
Perry County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 27, 2007
Greene County
Pennsylvania, USA

Former West Greene Principal and Educator

Max B. McMillen, age 82, of Jackson Township, Greene County, Pa., died at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2007, in the Southwest Regional Medical Center, Franklin Township, Pa. Though in failing health for the past year, death was unexpected.

He was born May 9, 1924, in North East Madison Township, Perry County, Pa., the son of Preston Albon McMillen and Eva Pauline Lesh McMillen.

He had resided in Greene County since 1949.

Mr. McMillen was a member of the Harmony Presbyterian Church in Wind Ridge, Pa., where he had previously served as a Deacon, choir member, Sunday School teacher and a commissioned Elder and Lay Pastor of the Presbyterian Church USA.

He attended the Sandy Hill one-room Elementary School and graduated from the Blair Vocational High School (Perry County) in 1942.

He was a 1949 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Education and earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954, where he also earned his principal and guidance counseling certificates. He earned his certificate in Industrial Arts from California University of Pennsylvania.

He was a Life Member of the Alpha Tau Alpha Honorary Fraternity and the Delta Theta Sigma Agricultural Fraternity, and was also a Life Member of the Greene Association of School Retirees, P.A.S.R., P.S.E.A. and the National Education Association.

Mr. McMillen began his teaching career as a vo-ag teacher at the former Richhill Township High School and, at the creation of the West Greene School District, he served as a Guidance Counselor and English teacher and was the first Industrial Arts teacher and set up the Industrial Arts department, developed the first curriculum guide and the Student Council handbook, and later served as the High School Principal for several years prior to being named the district's first Curriculum Coordinator prior to retiring in 1985.

Following retirement, he continued as the Youth Education sponsor until 2005.

He was a Board Member of the Greene County United Way, a former Director and the current Membership Chairman of the Greene County Farm Bureau, and a current Board Member and former President of the Greene County Sunday School Association.

He was currently serving as the Jackson Township Republican committeeman.

On August 6, 1949, he married Martha Jane Wickard McMillen, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are one son, Mark E. McMillen, husband of Charlotte Courtwright McMillen, of West Finley, Pa.; four daughters: Myleen, wife of Phillip McCollum of Sycamore, Pa., Melinda, wife of Allen Huffman of Waynesburg, Pa., Marcia, wife of Richard A. Sonneborn of West Finley, Pa., and Melanie, wife of Bernard Laurer of Damascus, Maryland; two brothers: J. Clyde McMillen, husband of Martha McMillen, and Clair McMillen, husband of Sara McMillen, all of Loysville, Pa.; nine grandchildren: Seann McCollum, Mikayla Sonneborn, Adam Laurer, Seth Laurer, Jared Laurer, Sylvia Cline, Christy McMillen, Joel McMillen and Daniel McMillen; and two great-granddaughters: Julia McCollum and Hannah McCollum.

Deceased are an infant grandson, Eric Paul McMillen, a sister, Lois McMillen Leukel, three brothers, Clee McMillen who died in infancy, Meade McMillen and Perry McMillen, and his parents.

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the RUSH FUNERAL HOME INC., Carl E. "Gene" Rush, Funeral Director, 3275 West Roy Furman Highway, Rogersville, PA 15359 (724-499-5181).

Visitation continues in the HARMONY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Wind Ridge, Pa., on Wednesday, January 31, 2007, from Noon until 1 p.m., the time of Funeral Services with Pastor Mark McMillen officiating, Fran Skariot and Linda Shaw assisting.

Interment will follow in Bethany Cemetery, Jackson Township.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Harmony Presbyterian Church, Attn: Treasurer, Post Office Box 15, Wind Ridge, PA 15380.

Bethany Church Cemetery
Greene County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Millennium Memorials
Record added: Feb 03, 2007
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