Raymond A. McMillen, Sr., 94, of Patchen Hill Rd., Sugar Grove, Pa., passed away Sunday, August 19, 2012, at the Warren General Hospital.
Ray was born July 29, 1918 in West Kittanning, Pa., a son of the late Grover C. and Mazie O. (Anthony) McMillen. He served in the US Navy during WW II. Ray retired after 41 years from the National Forge Co. where he worked as a lathe operator in the lower roughing dept., and was one of the Forge's Union founders. He also worked as a Sugar Grove Twp. Supervisor, was a member of the Chandlers Valley EUM Church, where he served on the board of trustees. Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman. His last fishing trip was when he turned 90, and he caught a 49-inch musky. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, El-izabeth (Bowser) McMillen, whom he married on February 21, 1940 in Youngsville, his children, Betty Lee (Floyd) Flasher, Linda Lee (Donald) Cross, both of Chandlers Valley, Pa., Grover P. (Becky) McMillen of Patchen Hill, and Mary J. (John) Rodgers of Chandlers Valley, 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Raymond McMillen Jr., 3 sisters, Maxine Foster, Nora Muntz, and Thelma Rowland, and 3 brothers, Lenard, Lawrence, and Glen McMillen.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 314 N. Main St., Youngsville, Pa., with the Rev. Ralph Culp officiating. Friends will be received 2 hours prior to the service. Burial will follow in Warren County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park Warren, Pa., 16365. E-condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.