In memory of
Bernard Edward McMillan Born: October 24, 1927 Died: October 17, 2016 Bernard Edward "Bernie" McMillan, 88, of Sycamore died peacefully on Monday, October 17, 2016. He was born October 24, 1927 in Black River Falls, WI to Clifford and Ellen (Savage) McMillan. His family moved to Illinois in 1943 and Bernie was proud to call Sycamore his home for the duration of his life. He married Alice Clarner on May 1, 1948. Bernie graduated from Sycamore High School in 1946 and earned a degree from Moler Barber College in Chicago. In 1951, he opened Bernie's Barber Shop on State Street, which soon became a meeting place for members of the community to discuss the events of the day. Many Sycamore residents received their first haircut at Bernie's and he continued in this line of work until shortly before he passed. Bernie represented the 1st ward as alderman on the Sycamore City Council for 23 years and served as mayor of Sycamore from 1992 to 1997. During his tenure, he championed local businesses and helped to create Sycamore's vibrant downtown business district. He took up golf in his late 60s and played 18 holes a day, choosing to walk the course. Bernie also enjoyed playing in a shuffleboard league during his winters in Sarasota, FL. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Alice McMillan; three children, Connie (Robert) Martin and Dale (Mary Jo Menolascino) of Sycamore, IL and Michael (Anne) of Chicago, IL; six grandchildren, Matthew and Andrew (Yesenia) Martin, Jessica Baack, Mark, Paul (Courtney) and Sara McMillan; four great-grandchildren, Jett and Dashel Baack and Cole and Jude McMillan; sister-in-law, Barbara McMillan; niece, Susan (Chuck) Olson; and many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Arnold "Mac" McMillan. Visitation will be Thursday, October 20th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Butala Funeral Home in Sycamore. Funeral services will be Friday, October 21st at 11:00 AM at the Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave., Sycamore, IL., with Rev. Harlene Harden officiating. Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery after a procession through the downtown Sycamore business district. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bernie's memory in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. To sign the online guest book or Information: www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or 815.895.2833
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