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Harold and Jerry McMillan

| March 21, 2024 12:00 AM

Harold Lee McMillan Sr., age 92, passed away Dec. 29, 2023 in Pahrump, Nev. He was born May 24, 1931, in Denver, Colo. He was the oldest of three sons born to Viola V. McMillan (Armbrust) and Clarence J. McMillan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Howard D. McMillan and Michael J. McMillan. The brothers were raised in small mountain communities and grew-up living a subsistence lifestyle in the remote areas of Colorado.

Jerry Lee McMillan (Burger), age 90, passed away Jan. 15, 2024, in Pahrump, Nev. She was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Denver, Colo., to Ella Lee Burger (Paxton) and Marvin L. Burger.

She was the oldest of three siblings and the sister to two brothers. They were raised by their mother in small mining towns in the Colorado mountains. Her parents and brother Marvin L. Burger Jr. preceded her in death. She is survived by her brother, Charles Burger of Idaho Springs, Colo.. 

Harold (from Empire Colorado) and Jerry (from Silver Plume Colorado) met while attending Georgetown High School in Clear Creek County. Harold graduated in 1949 and Jerry in 1951. They were married Aug. 11, 1951, at the Presbyterian Church in Idaho Springs, Colo. They celebrated 72 years of marriage.

Harold was a skilled heavy equipment operator and Jerry was an accomplished stay-at-home mom, bookkeeper and office manager. Like their parents and grandparents, Jerry and Harold raised their family in small mountain communities.  They lived in Berthoud Pass, Central City, Granby and Kremmling, Colo. Once the children were grown they relocated to Montana and resided in Columbia Falls, Polson and Frenchtown. They were beginning their next chapter in Pahrump, Nev., at the time of their deaths. 

They are survived by their three children: in Pahrump, Vickie McMillan, Marilyn McMillan and partner Merle Jenson; in Frenchtown, Lee (Harold Jr.) McMillan and wife Lesa Day. Other survivors include two grandchildren, Dirk McMillan and partner Dana Wilhem and Britt McMillan-Adams and her children Stormy Adams and Brody Adams. They were predeceased by their great-granddaughter Lacie Cooper-Adams.

As they planned, Harold and Jerry will return home where it all began. Their ashes will be interred at the Empire Cemetery at a future time with family and friends.