MOUNT VERNON — The Rev. Richard Paul McMillan, 82, of Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 29, 2012, following an extended illness.
Paul was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Mount Vernon, to the late Lewis and Leona (Weaver) McMillan, who preceded him in death.
Paul is survived by two sons, James (Lora) McMillan of Mobile, Ala., and John (LeeAnn) McMillan of Shezhen, China; his grandchildren, Jenna (Andrew) Bowman of Delaware, Jaymes McMillan of Mount Vernon, Matthew McMillan of Lynchburg, Va., and Madeliene McMillan of China; a brother, Robert (Vivian) McMillan of Mount Vernon; and a sister, Doris (Larry) Snively of Danville.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Carita Eileen McMillan; a brother, the Rev. Glenn McMillan; and two sisters, Virginia Claypool and Iris McCollum.
Paul was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, and was married to Eileen McMillan for 63 years. Paul spent most of his life in Mount Vernon, although he also lived in Crestline, Columbus, MacArthur and Mount Gilead. Paul graduated from Otterbein College, with a bachelor’s degree in Religion & Theology, and then completed a master’s degree at Ohio State University in the Education of Exceptional Children.
He was ordained in 1955 as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Paul served as a pastor in Nazarene churches in MacArthur, Crestline and Columbus. He also served the Mount Liberty United Methodist Church and served as the pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Fredericktown for 27 years. Paul also was an educator and taught school at Bladensburg Elementary, Hiawatha Elementary and Mount Vernon High School.
Paul worked for many years as a Special Education Supervision Coordinator at the North Central Ohio Special Education Resource Center of Mansfield. He also traveled to promote Mount Vernon Nazarene College from 1965-68. Paul was a member of Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon. In his later years, he also attended Gilead Friends Church in Mount Gilead.
Paul was a kind, God-fearing man who loved the Lord and loved his family. He was always taking care of the needs of others, and he was a great example to his children and grandchildren.
Friends may call Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. A funeral service will immediately follow the visitation at 11, with Paul’s son, James McMillan, officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
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