Archie McMillan

Rhody Family Funeral Home

John Archibald McMillan was born on Monday, April 20, 1925 in Owen Sound to William and Rena (Logan) McMillan. He was the fourth oldest of ten children with five sisters and four brothers. The McMillan family resided on a farm near Cruickshank Corner outside of Shallow Lake. As a child, Archie always enjoyed playing with his siblings and recalled the family receiving their first dog, a Christmas gift, when he was around five. He attended school in Cruickshank Corner and remembered his amazement when he witnessed cars passing by, often running to the fence to get a better view. Archie's dad's first car was a Model T of course. It was also at a young age that Archie learned the art of walking on his hands. Over time he perfected this craft and could soon walk long distances. His children recall on numerous occasions when Archie would race them. The twist was that the kids were using their feet, yet Archie was upside down using his hands. Imagine!

In his youth Archie enjoyed breaking in colts on the farm. Another of his pastimes was helping his mom in the garden. His mom's love of gardening was passed on to Archie and he spent countless hours over the years caring for his beloved vegetable garden. He would often wake up early to get out to the garden to start his weeding. Running was another pastime of Archie's, as he always had a desire to be the fastest. By now you can probably see that Archie always liked to push himself. No matter what the task, Archie always wanted to be the best!

After school Archie began to work at the Owen Sound Abattoir, a position he held for the next seventeen years. It was during this time that he met Elnora Fenwick, a woman he soon married. The couple welcomed their daughter Lynda, in 1949. Lynda was premature and weighed 2 lbs at birth, meaning she had to stay in hospital for several weeks until she reached 4 lbs. Sadly, Elnora had many health issues over the years and one such night she woke Archie up and told him to "Take care of Lynda and she kissed him goodbye." She passed away in Archie’s arms in their backyard.

Archie and Lynda soon moved back in with his parents as it was extremely difficult to work and care for Lynda at the same time. Over time, Archie was introduced to LaVerne Eva Georgina Summers. As luck would have it Archie's brother Cliff and LaVerne's sister Ruby introduced the two and asked them to join them at church, the rest is history as they say. Archie and LaVerne were married on August 3, 1957 at the Alliance Church in Owen Sound. Work soon took the McMillan family to Paisley as Archie took a job with Bruce Packers. The couple soon welcomed Ruth in 1960 and David in 1964. Who knew at this time that Archie would remain there as a butcher foreman for the next forty three years.

Archie loved pitching horseshoes and was very good at it, of course. He often travelled the area attending tournaments, usually playing with Sid Paterson and Elmer Cook. In his prime his ringer percentage was 77% and he recalled on one occasion beating the Manitoulin champs 30 - 3. One thing is for sure, if you played horseshoes, you definitely knew the name Archie McMillan. He also enjoyed lawn bowling and curling. In fact, at the age of 90 he was still curling every Thursday, but often joked that he didn't sweep much. His love of sports didn’t stop there. It didn't matter if it was baseball, football or hockey, if it was on TV, Archie was usually tuned in. Stories have been told that you often had to be careful picking your seat with Archie when watching the game as he was known to join the fight he was watching. Usually swinging his arms as if he was a participant in the match.

Archie's faith was very important to him. From a young age Archie remembered his mother reading the Bible to him. He continued on attending Sunday School, Confirmation and in later years acted as a Deacon and even the Caretaker at his beloved Immanuel Evangelical Missionary Church. His deep faith indeed helped him through many of his life challenges. It goes without saying that Archie loved his family deeply and was very family oriented. He liked to joke around and to pull a good prank. On numerous occasions he would challenge a family member to a race around the block, in which Archie would give them a sizeable lead, before jumping in his car and giving them a pleasant wave and a smile as he drove by (as they ran) always winning. Or maybe it was a simple one liner, Archie always enjoyed making people smile. He taught his family to appreciate everything that they had and always encouraged them to help others when able. Archie indeed left many valuable life lessons and stories for the generations that followed.

Sadly, Archie passed away peacefully, in the presence of his family at Summit Place, Owen Sound on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in his 93rd year.

Beloved husband of LaVerne. Loving father of Lynda (Richard) Carm of Calgary, Ruth (Gary) Richards of Strathroy and David of Port Elgin. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Shawn, Shelley, Jonathan, Danial, Amanda and great-grandchildren Justin, Tyler, Taylor, Arianna, Logan, Vanessa, Olivia and Brennan. Archie will be missed by his brothers Elgin (Eleanor) of Shallow Lake, Clifford of Owen Sound and sisters Mavis Bryans of Alvinston, Evelyn Sprung, Violet (John) Roberts and Elaine Bumstead, all of Owen Sound. He was predeceased by his brothers William “Wilburn”, Laverne, sister Eileen Johnson and his parents William and Rena (Logan) McMillan.

A memorial service celebrating Archie’s life will be held at Immanuel Evangelical Missionary Church, Paisley on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 1 p.m. Inurnment in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound at a later date.

Memorial donations to Immanuel Evangelical Missionary Church or Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Cheryl D.
September 6, 2017
My condolences to the family.The death of a loved one is the most devastating experience a family can face. At times, the loss may seem unbearable, but know that there are those who care, and more importantly, God cares. Psalm 34:18 tells us that God "is close to the brokenhearted."
He "is the God of all comfort". (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
Ev Edmonstone
July 28, 2017
Dear LaVerne & family
Sorry to hear of Archie's passing but we know he has gone to a better place. He has lived a good long life & you have had a lot of good years together. May the Lord comfort you & give you peace as you cherish all the happy memories. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
Evelyn & Stuart Edmonstone
Jim Beech
July 26, 2017
Sorry for your loss. Archie will be missed. He used to throw horse shoes and curl with my Dad Norm. He also got me onto the Cider vinegar and Garlic! RIP Archie
Lynda & Ken Kelly
July 26, 2017
Dear LaVerne and Family!
We were sorry to learn of the passing of your dear husband and father. Archie was a great man who always had a smile or a joke to share with everyone he came in contact with. He will be greatly missed by so many. However, we know he is safe in the arms of Jesus his Saviour and Lord. Jesus we know will be surrounding you with His love and giving you strength for the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your loved one, Archie.
Love & Prayers
Ken & Lynda Kelly
Pastor Kevin & Teri Enns
July 25, 2017
Dear LaVerne, we have so many fond memories of Archie. A joker and prankster extraordinaire, he so reminded me of my grandfather in that regard - but also in his tender heart and deep capacity to love and care for others. We will be praying for you and family as you grieve the loss of this special man.
Carrie Dyck
July 25, 2017
Laverne &Family Thinking and Praying for you at this sad time . May our Heavenly Father comfort and surround you . With love .. Henry and Carrie
Doug and Bonnie Sacks
July 24, 2017
Our Deepest Sympathy to the Family. Worked in dads slaughter house with Archie, always had a smile on his face. Great Guy!
pat benninger
July 24, 2017 sorry to hear about your you have an Email address? I have been checking facebook to try and find you.....I am on manitoulin and will not have internet after today, but will catch up when I go to town.....hope to hear from you.....
Marilyn Whetstone
July 24, 2017
Thinking of you, Laverne and Family. Marilyn and Roger Whetstone.
July 23, 2017
Laverne & Family
Though our words can do little, we hope our thoughts and prayers will support you at this time.
Amanda and Stephen Caldwell
July 23, 2017
Sorry to hear of Archie' s passing. Our sympathy to Laverne and family. He was a great man and will be missed.
Sherry & Roger and Tiff Caldwell
July 23, 2017
Our deepest sympathy Laverne and family,
Archie was a great man. He leaves lots of wonderful memories behind. May the Lord help you through this time. He will always be with you. Roger remembers working with Archie at Bruce Packers.

Sincerely, Sherry,Roger and Tiff Caldwell

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