James Loyal McMillan

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James Loyal McMillan

Montezuma - 1,2 1,2,3,4......the song began with the arrival of a son, James Loyal McMillan, to Richard Leroy and Kathleen Ann (Stickney) McMillan on February 27, 1968 in Garden City. The final chorus ended on November 19, 2021 at Western Plains Medical Center in Dodge City, where James passed away following a brave fight with cancer.

James spent his childhood in Garden City where he attended St. Mary's Elementary school, graduating from Garden City High School. Active in Boy Scouts, he earned the prestigious Eagle Scout award. James volunteered several summers at the boy scout camp at Spanish Peaks. He continued his education at Garden City Community College and graduated from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City. It was there that James decided to pursue a degree in Music Education. Following his graduation, James took his first teaching job at Prairie Heights in Jennings, Kansas.

When Prairie Heights closed in 1992, James accepted a position with USD 371, South Gray High School, moving to Montezuma, KS. He accepted the challenge of teaching fifth grade band, junior high band, high school band, and high school vocal. Willing to take on many extra duties, he coached cross country and track for both junior high and high school, winning several state titles over the years. James also coached high school football and junior high basketball. One of James' major joy and accomplishments was the South Gray High School Pep Band. He took his students to music competitions and sports competitions, encouraging his students to go to college and helping them to pursue scholarships in both music and sports.

On July 10, 1999, James married Robin Crump in Garden City. James and Robin enjoyed camping and fishing and playing trivia with friends and family. James was also an avid Kansas City Chief and University of Kansas fan, attending games with Robin. He also enjoyed hunting and loved his dogs which he trained for hunting.

James is survived by his wife Robin of Montezuma; his mother, Kathleen McMillan of Garden City; 13 siblings- Stanton Bruce McMillan, Louisville, CO; Ricki McMillan,Minneapolis, MN; Marcy Sim (Mike), Gainesville, GA; Judy Smith (Rob),Holcomb, KS; Cecilia VanVoorhees,San Anselmo, CA; Teresa Prochaska (John), Lawrence, KS; Peter McMillan (Annie), Lawrence, KS; Fred McMillan, Mark McMillan (Sherry), Samual McMillan (Kathy), Randall McMillan, Charles McMillan (Mary T.), and Mary Beth Gonzalez (Michael) all of Garden City; mother-in-law, Flo Crump, Montezuma; sisters-in-law, Debbie Kendrick (Kaven), Blanchard, OK and Kim Olinger (Alfred), Montezuma; brothers-in-law, Bill Crump (Karan), Madison, AL; Dan Crump (Elizabeth), Brooksville; Jim Crump (Michelle), Emporia; and Mark Crump (Beverly), Pratt; and 137 nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Richard McMillan; brother, Rodrick McMillan; sister-in-law, Angel McMillan; nephew, Eamon McMillan; and a great niece, Callie McMillan.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at South Gray High School Gymnasium, Montezuma on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM. The family is encouraging friends to wear their camo, Rebel, KC Chiefs, or KU attire in memory of James. Book signing will be at Swaim Funeral Chapel, Montezuma on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from noon to 5:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to South Gray High School Scholarship Fund for a SG band or vocal senior in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com

Posted online on November 24, 2021

Published in The Garden City Telegram

Obituaries in Garden City, KS | The Garden City Telegram

James Loyal McMillan

Swaim Funeral Home

James Loyal McMillan

Montezuma - 1,2 1,2,3,4......the song began with the arrival of a son, James Loyal McMillan, to Richard Leroy and Kathleen Ann (Stickney) McMillan on February 27, 1968 in Garden City. The final chorus ended on November 19, 2021 at Western Plains Medical Center in Dodge City, where James passed away following a brave fight with cancer.

James spent his childhood in Garden City where he attended St. Mary's Elementary school, graduating from Garden City High School. Active in Boy Scouts, he earned the prestigious Eagle Scout award. James volunteered several summers at the boy scout camp at Spanish Peaks. He continued his education at Garden City Community College and graduated from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City. It was there that James decided to pursue a degree in Music Education. Following his graduation, James took his first teaching job at Prairie Heights in Jennings, Kansas.

When Prairie Heights closed in 1992, James accepted a position with USD 371, South Gray High School, moving to Montezuma, KS. He accepted the challenge of teaching fifth grade band, junior high band, high school band, and high school vocal. Willing to take on many extra duties, he coached cross country and track for both junior high and high school, winning several state titles over the years. James also coached high school football and junior high basketball. One of James' major joy and accomplishments was the South Gray High School Pep Band. He took his students to music competitions and sports competitions, encouraging his students to go to college and helping them to pursue scholarships in both music and sports.

On July 10, 1999, James married Robin Crump in Garden City. James and Robin enjoyed camping and fishing and playing trivia with friends and family. James was also an avid Kansas City Chief and University of Kansas fan, attending games with Robin. He also enjoyed hunting and loved his dogs which he trained for hunting.

James is survived by his wife Robin of Montezuma; his mother, Kathleen McMillan of Garden City; 13 siblings- Stanton Bruce McMillan, Louisville, CO; Ricki McMillan,Minneapolis, MN; Marcy Sim (Mike), Gainesville, GA; Judy Smith (Rob),Holcomb, KS; Cecilia VanVoorhees,San Anselmo, CA; Teresa Prochaska (John), Lawrence, KS; Peter McMillan (Annie), Lawrence, KS; Fred McMillan, Mark McMillan (Sherry), Samual McMillan (Kathy), Randall McMillan, Charles McMillan (Mary T.), and Mary Beth Gonzalez (Michael) all of Garden City; mother-in-law, Flo Crump, Montezuma; sisters-in-law, Debbie Kendrick (Kaven), Blanchard, OK and Kim Olinger (Alfred), Montezuma; brothers-in-law, Bill Crump (Karan), Madison, AL; Dan Crump (Elizabeth), Brooksville; Jim Crump (Michelle), Emporia; and Mark Crump (Beverly), Pratt; and 137 nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Richard McMillan; brother, Rodrick McMillan; sister-in-law, Angel McMillan; nephew, Eamon McMillan; and a great niece, Callie McMillan.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at South Gray High School Gymnasium, Montezuma on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM. The family is encouraging friends to wear their camo, Rebel, KC Chiefs, or KU attire in memory of James. Book signing will be at Swaim Funeral Chapel, Montezuma on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from noon to 5:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to South Gray High School Scholarship Fund for a SG band or vocal senior in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com

Posted online on November 24, 2021

Published in The Garden City Telegram