AMerican Veteran 11

Richard "Mac" Lawson McMillen, Jr.

February 18, 1944 ~ October 29, 2022 (age 78) 78 Years Old


Richard Lawson McMillen Jr., aka "Mac", of Churchill, passed away early Saturday morning on October 29th, 2022. He died peacefully in his sleep, at home with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Gloria V. McMillen; his two sons, Richard Guillermo McMillen and Jordan Andres McMillen; his nieces, Jill Africa Pivorotto, Kaylee Pivorotto, Gina Pivorotto; his nephew, Krist Coca; and his cousins Steve, Molly, Nick, and Tim Clare. Richard was born on February 18th, 1944 in Pittsburgh, PA. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Concepcion, Chile, Canfield, Ohio, and Monterey, Mexico. He graduated high school from Shadyside Academy in 1962 and attended Georgetown University for his bachelor's degree in International Economics.  He then attended The University of Pittsburgh for his masters degree in Economic Science but did not finish because he got drafted to the U.S Army from 1969 to 1972 where he served as an Interrogator in Korea. Upon returning, he got a job with U.S Steel at the Irving Works. Being that he was multilingual, he was sent to Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, to work as a Consultant for Sidor from 1979 to 1983, where he met his wife, Gloria, and had his two sons, Richard and Jordan. He then returned to the United States to work for Burroughs / Unisys where he was a manufacturing consultant specialist and a Unix specialist which sent him to Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Detroit, Michigan and Bogota, Columbia. After that he went on to work in the used car industry then into teaching Spanish in the public education system and then translating in the criminal justice system. Richard spoke English, Spanish, Kurdish, Korean, Farsi, and Persian. He enjoyed making beer and wine, light gardening and farming, and loved conversation. He was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in February of 2020 and fought bravely for almost 3 years. He lived his life to the fullest and had very few regrets. "Words conquer, laughter unites."

Private burial in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.






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