Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

November 15, 2013


Nov. 14, 2013

Hendricks County Flyer

William Walter "Smiley" McMillan of Plainfield died Thursday at the age of 91.

Born Feb. 19, 1922, in Capitol Heights, Md., he was the son of the late Dr. Walter Alexis and Mildren Viola (Gardner) McMillan. He was married nearly 57 years to Mary Murray McMillan, who preceded him in death.

Mr. McMillan graduated from Western High School and earned a general engineering degree from George Washington University and a master's degree in industrial engineering at Purdue University.

Mr. McMillan worked for the FBI and was inducted into the U.S. Navy Seabees during WWII. During the Korean War he was a lieutenant, USNR, in the National Security Agency. He worked for Firestone (Ordinance Division) and Western Electric companies, where he was responsible for manufacturing over 20 million coils a year. He worked 28 years for Allison Division of General Motors Corp., where he retired as administrator of environmental sciences.

His certifications and memberships include the Registered Professional Engineer in Indiana, Certified Manufacturing Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM). He was an Eagle Scout with two palms. He was vice president and director emeritus of ACHMM. He created and chaired the ACHMM Academy National Recertification Board. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Managers. He was treasurer and president of the ISHMM (Indiana Society of Hazardous Materials Managers).. He was an able toastmaster and treasurer of the local chapter. He was a member of the Plainfield Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree, Scottish Rite, and a Shriner. He was an active 50-year member of Plainfield United Methodist Church, serving as secretary of the church council; youth, adult, and general superintendents, chairman of the education committee; and president of an adult Sunday school.He was, for over 25 years, chairmen of the West (later Central) District Board of Church Location and Building, Indiana Conference, which approved major church building projects in the districts (approximately 150 churches).

Survivors include four children, Elizabeth Anne Reeves-Harrington, of Ft. Worth, Texas; Evelyn Cameron of Philadelphia; Louise McMillian of Plainfield; and Donald McMillan of Valparaiso; two grandchildren, David Thomas Cummings of Indianapolis and Alexandria Driel Szany of Ft. Worth, Texas; and two great-grandsons, Tristan Jeffrey Day and Sergio Alexander Samaniego.

A son, David Barnett, also preceded him in death.

Services are 1 p.m. Nov. 21 in Plainfield United Methodist Church, where friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time. Inurnment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, Plainfield. Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home, Plainfield, is entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Plainfield United Methodist Church, 600 Simmons St., Plainfield, IN 46168.

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