Jerry's Story

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Jerry Lee McMillen, 80 of Altoona, IA
March 20,1937-January 11, 2018
passed away at Mercy Hospital DesMoines, Ia on January 11, 2018
after an 8 month battle with esophageal cancer.
Born in Knoxville, IA he was the oldest child of Worth & LaVerne McMillen, now deceased.
his siblings:
Billy Dee McMillen (deceased)
Connie Rae (Quinton) Douthit Mineral Wells, TX
Carrie Kae Stevens (deceased)
Kelly Linn (Marilyn) McMillen Melcher, IA
He married Roberta J. Brubaker March 10, 1956
and remained with her until her death, April 30, 2005
They had 3 children
Judith (Rusty) Roach Washington, PA
James (Kathy) McMillen Edgewood, MD
Sue Carrington Altoona, IA
and were guardians for
Jasmin Giles
They had
6 Grandchildren
Heather (Shawn) Buckels West Alexander, PA
Michaela (Chris) Baker Clinton, MS
Brent Steele Washington, PA
Veda Harris North Canton, OH
James L. McMillen Jr Maryland
Mallissa Carrington BelAir, MD
15 Great Grand Children and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren.
He was an Uncle to many nieces and nephews and had many cousins.
Jerry attended Knoxville, IA area schools.
He worked at the VA Hospital as an orderly and Golf & Nash Parts Store in Knoxville for many years.
He was the owner of Jerry's Engine Repair Shop
He served with Iowa Army National Guard 1956 - 1973
1973-1997 with the Army National Guard he served in MD, US-VI & VA.
Retiring as a CWO 4 in Spring 1997.
In the summer of 1995 he took a job at the Iowa State Fairgrounds working security for the fair. In 1996 he went to work in the maintenance department and after retirement from the Army went to work full time with fair until he retired again 2016
Jerry & Roberta loved traveling in their RV & camping at the Iowa State Fair.
He was a collector of antique cars and was a member of The Plymouth Club of Iowa. He showed his cars at many exhibits. He was a coin collector and a coin dealer. He liked working in his flower garden, his vegetable garden and in his garage. He was always busy.
At the request of the deceased there will be no public visitation or interment. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
Published on January 22, 2018
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