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Lester McMillin 1916-2011

September 22, 2011
Emmetsburg News

RUTHVEN -- Funeral service for Lester D. McMillin of Ruthven is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Roger Maize will officiate.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven is in charge of arrangements.

Lester D. McMillin, son of Ernest and Merta (Hill) McMillin, was born Sept. 12, 1916, on the family farm southeast of Ruthven. He received his education near Ruthven and graduated from Ruthven High School 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. Lester 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. He returned to Ruthven in the spring of 1946.

Lester was married to Gladys Goodrich, daughter of Ray and Neva (Kitch) Goodrich, on Dec. 31, 1942 in Pemberton, MN.

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 Lutheran Home in Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; three brothers; two daughters: Patricia McMillin and Marjorie (McMillin) Vaagen; a son-in-law: Rick Wilson; four sisters-in-law; and by three brothers-in-law.

Lester is survived by his wife, Gladys of Spencer; his children: Ronald of Everly, and Janis Wilson of Philadelphia; son-in-law: Russ Vaagen of Adel; two granddaughters; three sisters-in-law; and two brothers-in-law; nephews and nieces, and many friends.

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