An accomplished and passionate pilot, McMillan died peacefully Dec.17 among loving family.
He is remembered for uncommon intelligence, sense of humor and a lifelong passion for aviation, which he was fortunate to have enjoyed through a successful career with his company, Transavia International.
His summers were spent in his childhood home in the Lex Cheneaux area of Michigan sailing, windsurfing and boating.
Winters were spent in Boca Grande where he was always surrounded loving family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen McMillan, her children and grandchildren, and his two daughters, Meegan of Winnetka, Ill., and Lisa of Carmel, Calif., from his first wife, Julie, who predeceased him, his sister ,Nancy Peggs of Fort Lauderdale and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents, Arla and William Benton McMillan II, his brother, William Benton McMillan III, and his sister Arla McMillan.
His charitable giving included Hope Happens, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis Country Day School, Opera Theater of St. Louis, of which he was a board member, and Dance St. Louis, of which he was recently honored with a lifelong board membership.
The family would appreciate memorial donations to Hope Happens. Services: A reception for family and friends will be held after the holidays in St. Louis.
- First published Dec. 20, 2010, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.