Chester McMillen 1917 - 2010 Baldwin City
Funeral services for Chester McMillen, 93, Baldwin City, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow in Topeka Cemetery.
Mr. McMillen died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at his home.
He was born July 13, 1917, in rural Douglas County, the son of Jack E. and Bertha Lawson McMillen. He attended school in Stony Point. He later served in the U.S. Army Air Forces and attained the rank of sergeant.
Mr. McMillen and his wife owned the A & B Root Beer Stand in North Lawrence until the 1951 flood, when they moved to Baldwin City and purchased the restaurant and gas station from O.D. Webb. He later worked at Audra’s Dawg House and Cordoba’s. Mr. McMillen enjoyed sports, especially the Kansas City Royals. He also enjoyed cooking, traveling and being around people.
He married Audra Mae Rainey on May 21, 1951, in Rogers, Ark. She died July 23, 1993.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Don, Carly and Dale.
Survivors include a daughter, Dotty Newland, Baldwin City; a sister, Letha Myers, Baldwin City; four grandchildren, Lary Trowbridge, Merle Newland, Jana Kelley and Nancy Cassity; eight great-grandchildren, Jill Watson, Tyler and Morgan Trowbridge, Maria Swonger, Melody Newland, Megan Woods, Clayton Culley and Jenny Thomas; and a great-great grandson, Carter Watson.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The family suggests memorials to the Baldwin High School Baseball Program, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.