Wesley R. McMillen
Wesley R McMillen passed away peacefully on November 28, 2013, in Salina following a brief illness.
Born on March 10, 1933 in Linwood, KS, to Ralph and Wanda McMillen, Wes was an only child.
His father worked on the railroad, and after moving several times Wes spent most of his childhood in Brookville, KS, in a small home behind the Brookville Hotel.
Wes was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Kansas State University in 1955 with a degree in business administration. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity serving as president his senior year. Wes worked hard to pay for college, making ends meet by playing the trumpet in jazz bands, most notably with the Matt Betton Orchestra.
Following college Wes joined the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant. He married the love of his life, Janice Gay Austin, on March 12, 1956 in Salina. Together they lived in Delaware, Maryland, Kansas City, and returned to Salina in 1964. They raised two children, Julie and Matt, in Salina. Wes spent his professional career as a grain merchant, working for Evans Grain Company for over 25 years and finished his career with Hansen Mueller Grain Company.
Wes loved jazz music and was an ardent supporter of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and attended the Wichita Jazz Festival for over 35 consecutive years. He was a constant patron of the Smoky Hill River Festival, enjoying the many great musical and culinary offerings. Also a lifelong car buff, Wes bought and sold many cars in his life, always having his eye on (the next one). He also supported local youth sports and was enthusiastically devoted to his beloved Kansas State Wildcats.
Wes was deeply devoted to his family and enjoyed attending his childrens and grandchildrens activities. He and Jan loved to travel. They took numerous trips to Colorado and Oklahoma to spend time with their family. They also spent many weekends together in Kansas City, listening to live music and sharing great food.
Wes served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas State University Alumni Association, and was a Deacon and on the Board of Trustees for the First Presbyterian Church.
Wes is survived by his wife, Janice; his daughter, Julie, and her husband Rick Fugier; his son Matt and wife, Gina; as well as four grandchildren – Mason, Nancie, Alex, and Nate.
A memorial service will be held on December 3, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church, Salina, KS, at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Salina.
The family would like to thank the employees of Comfort Keepers, and the staffs of both Salina Regional Medical Center and Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center for their skilled and loving care.