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 the Stony Point community of rural Douglas County, the son of Jack E. and Bertha Lawson McMillen. He attended school in Stony Point. He later served in the United States 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, and purchased the restaurant and gas station from O.D. Webb. He later worked at Audra’s Dawg House and Cordoba’s. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Kansas City Royals, and loved to cook, travel, 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 McMillen.
Survivors include a daughter, Dotty Newland, Baldwin City; a sister, Letha Myers, Baldwin City; four grandchildren, Lary Trowbridge, Eudora, and fiancee Margie Delfelder, Lawrence, Merle Newland, Richmond, Jana Kelley and husband Garry, and Nancy Cassity and husband Bill, all of Baldwin City; 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 memorial contributions to the Baldwin High School Baseball Program, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Messages & Condolences
Some of my fondest childhood memories involve Chet and the restaurant. It was a must when we came back to town to find where he was cooking at and stop by to see him. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as he will truly be missed
To all of Chets family, we will miss seeing our good friend and we are sending our sympathy and love.
Clifford and Dora Ann & family
Dear Dotty and Family,our thoughts and our prayers are with you all at this sad time….Mike,Pam and Terri Hadl…
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