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November 20, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Robert McMillan age 87 of Livonia passed away on November 20, 2023. Cherished husband of over 69 years to Maxine. Beloved father of Linda (Andy) Magar, Patty (Barry) Barman, Robin (Randy) Stoneburner, Angie (David) Taillard and the late Debbie (Cindy) McMillan. Proud papa of Steven, Melissa, Jonah, Robert, Mason, Megan, Justin, Adrian, Abby, Addison and great-papa of Isaak, Penelope, Gracie, Connor and Aubree. Loving brother of Daniel Jr. (Elva), Carol (Phil) Oxley, Sandy Scarbro and the late James (Carolyn) McMillan and Gay (Wylie) Gentry. Robert is also survived by many other loving family members, friends, and especially his beloved dog Jingle.
Robert was born on February 6, 1936, in Besoco, WV to Evelyn Johnson McMillan and Daniel Webster McMillan Sr. His father was an electrician in the coal mines and his siblings were employed with the military. At the age of 17 he decided to leave West Virginia to avoid working at the coal mines and moved to Detroit where jobs were plentiful. Shortly after arriving he accepted a job with Vernors Ginger Ale. One year later, after he turned 18, he returned to WV to marry his sweetheart, Maxine Bailey and brought her back to Michigan where they started their family. They were married for 69 years. They had five daughters, Debbie, Linda, Patty Robin and Angie, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He continued his employment for 34 years as Syrup Room Operator for Vernors until they were sold and was a union representative during his tenure. He worked his remaining years until retirement at Dale Industries where he also assisted in forming a union.
Robert enjoyed the outdoors including fishing, boating, gardening and working in his yard. He collected tractors and cultivated many gardens. He was always helping one of his children accomplish whatever gardening, landscaping or home improvement they needed. He loved Real Estate, going to Open Houses and flipped several homes during his “retirement”. He was a hard worker but enjoyed
being productive. He loved animals and left behind his companion yorkie, Jingle.
He was deeply loved and will be truly missed. We love you Dad.
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