2013 Deceased Member — Robert H. McMillen
In Memory of Robert H. McMillen
Robert H. McMillen passed away peacefully on June 3, 2013. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY on January 31, 1919, Robert was the son of Catherine and Harry McMillen. He spent his boyhood in Saratoga, a special place that he loved and to which he enjoyed returning throughout his life.
After graduation from Saratoga Springs High School and Michigan State University, Robert entered the Army and served in the European Theater as a tank commander in the 3rd Armored Division. He received numerous commendations and awards including the Purple Heart.
Following the war, Bob returned stateside and, in 1946, married his childhood sweetheart and lifelong best friend and partner, Anne (Moody) McMillen. Together they moved to Hartford, Conn. where Bob began his 37 year business career at the Travelers Ins. Co. He retired from the Travelers in 1983 as a Senior Vice President. Bob loved his job and respected the many Travelers’ employees and other industry representatives with whom it was his privilege and pleasure to work and befriend.
Bob and Anne raised their two children in Manchester, Conn. where he enthusiastically supported his children’s activities. He coached Little League and taught his children to play golf, baseball, and basketball. He taught Sunday School for many years and was Treasurer of Center Congregational Church.
Bob was a very gregarious and sociable individual known for his sense of humor, particularly his jokes and humorous stories with which he loved to entertain and amuse friends. He was always willing to help anyone in need with cheerful and optimistic enthusiasm. Bob’s positive approach to life and his determination to excel manifested themselves in his dedication to physical exercise and fitness. He was a devoted sports fan and participated actively in basketball, golf, and tennis. He was a founding member of the Neipsic Tennis Club. Bob and Anne were diehard Yankee and Giants fans, and he always followed the Triple Crown and Saratoga racing season.
Following his retirement, Bob and Anne traveled extensively and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Being by the sea in Maine and sharing a drink and a lobster with old friends was a special treat. The McMillens resided in Glastonbury for over 40 years and were members of the 1st Church of Christ. Bob was a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, by his brother David McMillen, by his sister Harriett (McMillen) Dehn, and by Anne, his wife of 64 years. He is survived by a son, David L. McMillen, of Placitas, N.M., by a daughter Janice and her husband Claus S. Metzner of Glastonbury, Conn., and by his three nephews and their families.