Archive for Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Obituary: Charles P. “Pete” McMillon


August 4, 2004

Services for Charles P. "Pete" McMillon, 83, Tonganoxie, were Saturday, July 31, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Tonganoxie. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Tonganoxie.

Mr. McMillon died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center. He was born Sept. 28, 1920, in Asheville, N.C. He worked his way through college at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., as an auto mechanic. He majored in engineering and religion.

Mr. McMillon was an instructor at Souther Field in Americus, Ga., with the 56th Army Air Forces Flying Training detachment from April 1942 to September 1944. On July 16, 1943, he was inducted into the U.S. Air Corps Enlisted Reserve at Fort McPherson, Ga., and was honorably discharged on July 30, 1945.

He then joined Transcontinental and Western Air and was stationed out of Washington D.C. Mr. McMillon then transferred to Kansas City in 1947. He flew to almost every country and city including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Africa, Portugal, Spain, Bermuda, France, Canada, Mexico, Newfoundland and Italy. In later years, he flew as a check pilot. He retired in 1980 after 36 years with TWA.

He was a master electrician, boat builder, house builder, plane builder, hunter and mechanic.

Mr. McMillon joined the Methodist Church in 1963 and was an active member, serving as trustee for several years.

He was also a 32nd degree Mason and Past Master of Henri Lodge 190. He was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star and served as Worthy Patron nine times. He also was a life member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association and won numerous championship trophies.

He married Mildred Elizabeth Greene on Dec. 16, 1944, in Americus, Ga. She survives, of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Betty Grey, Kansas City, Kan., and Sandria Godwin-Vazquez, Franklin, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

A son, Dwight David McMillon, died in 1952.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the United Methodist Church or to Unified School District 464's Endowment Fund, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie 66086.

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