Wesley E. McMillan

00:00 AM December 25, 2017


Wesley E. McMillan, 94, of Geneseo, IL, formerly of Prophetstown, IL, died Sunday, December 24, 2017, at WoodRidge Supportive Living in Geneseo, IL.


Wes was born October 18, 1923, in Waterloo, IA, to Edgar E. and Fern E. (Blankenfeld) McMillan. He was educated in the Geneseo grade schools and was a 1941 graduate of Geneseo High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. Wes married Cleone “Coke” Burgeson on January 19, 1946, in Geneseo, IL. She died January 17, 2004.Wes was a graduate sheet metal worker and was employed by Johnson Sheet Metal in East Moline, IL. He then owned and operated Home Heating Service in Prophetstown, IL. Wes later worked for the Schebler Company in Davenport, IA. He taught sheet metal apprentices for the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Local 91.


Most recently, Wes served as sexton and secretary for Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown and he also served as Prophetstown Village alderman for the 3rd Precinct.  Wes was a 50 year member and past Worshipful Master of the Prophetstown Lodge No.293 AF & AM and a 74 year member of the Prophetstown American Legion Post 522.  Wes was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.


Survivors include two daughters, Janet (Charlie) Conner of Milan, IL and Jane (Roger) Nielsen of Dixon, IL; three sons, John (Charlene) McMillan of Hemmet, CA; Jim (Sharen) McMillan of LeClair, IA;; and Jeff (Shana) McMillan of Missoula, MT; a daughter-in-law, Margaret McMillan of Madera, CA; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; eight great great grandchildren; one half sister, Suzanne McMillan of Burbank, CA; three nieces and one nephew.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Cleone; one son, Joe McMillan and one brother, John McMillan and one half sister, Jane Williams


Funeral Information

Cremation Rites have been accorded.

MEMORIAL VISITATION: 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home - Prophetstown, IL

MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home - Prophetstown IL

OFFICIATING: Rev. John Huxtable, grandson of Wes and Pastor of First Christian Church in Virden, IL

INTERMENT OF CREMATED REMAINS: Riverside Cemetery with military funeral honors


Donations Information

MEMORIAL: Established



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  • Connie Dorathy:

    25 Dec 2017 13:25:00

    I remember Wes when I was just a child. He was great friends with my dad. They would spend many a Saturday in our backyard. I’m sad to read this news. Prayers to the family.

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