QUINTER — James Rayford Millwee, 84, died Feb. 9, 2015, at the Gove County LTCF in Quinter. He was born Oct. 26, 1930, on a farm outside Crockett, Texas, to James Sidney and Lou Ella Morgan Millwee. He graduated from Austonio High School in 1947, then moved to Houston, Texas, and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for three years.
He was drafted into the U.S. army in 1951 shortly after the start of the Korean conflict. He married Martha Elizabeth Flora in 1957 in Colorado Springs.
Jim served in the Army for 20 years, serving posts in Europe, Hawaii, Vietnam and various sites in the U.S. including the Pentagon. He was selected as one of the first Army Enlisted Men to attend college under the Enlisted College Program, majoring in computer science. He retired from the military in 1971 as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the Adjutant General Corps. He returned to college and obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business and Computer Science from Fort Hays State College. Jim helped start a Pension Consulting Firm in Great Bend Kansas. He retired in 1989.
In 2004 he married Janis Brooks in Quinter where they made their home.
Mr. Millwee was an active member of the First Christian Church in Great Bend, serving many years on the Church Board, teaching an Adult Sunday School Class, and occasionally filling the pulpit.
Survivors include his wife Janis; his daughters Lisa Nenow and Sandra Schmitt; five grandchildren; and Janis’ children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four siblings, John Hugh Millwee, William Clois Millwee, Evelyn Joyce Millwee Christian, and Thomas Edgar Millwee.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Schmitt Funeral Home in Quinter. Burial will be in the Baker Township Cemetery in Quinter. Visitation will be Friday, from 1 p.m. to service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Services Inc. Checks made to the organization may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Schmitt Funeral Home
901 South Main
Quinter, KS 67752
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 11, 2015