Friday, October 9, 2015
Reporting and Photographs by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit
Former Punxsutawney resident honored with proclamation on his birthday. PUNXSUTAWNEY – Punxsutawney Mayor Richard Alexander recently honored a former Punxsutawney resident with a proclamation on his 73rd birthday. Alexander said Glenn J. McMillen was born in Punxsutawney on Oct. 6, 1942, and was being honored by friends and relatives on his birthday. He said Glenn and his wife have been married for 51 years. They have two children, Chris and Heather. Jan Harrold, Glenn’s sister, said this honor was the “brainchild” of Glenn’s son, Chris.
Harrold said that Glenn has had many accolades over the years, and Chris wanted to honor his father in a way that had ever been done before – a proclamation. She said that Chris devised this plan to show honor, tribute, and respect for the many accomplishments of Glenn’s life, both personal and career.
In the proclamation, Alexander said that Glenn enjoys recreating meals from some of his hometown food favorite memories with recipes taken from Parente’s and Carlino’s restaurants in Punxsutawney. “He proudly shares these traditions with family and friends, along with stories from his years of being in Punxsutawney so he can bring a bit of his hometown to Texas,” Alexander said, adding that his father, mother, Glenn and Becky owned and operated McMillen’s Wallpaper and Paint Store in Punxsutawney.
Alexander said that Glenn was a hard worker, and felt that, in order to get anywhere in life, one must work hard to reach his or her accomplishments. “Glenn was an assistant funeral director for many years in the Punxsutawney area, affiliated with the former Shenkemeyer Funeral Home (later on it became Deeley’s in Punxsutawney and was located in the rear of the old Mahoning Hardware, West Mahoning Street and South Gipin Street)”, he said. “Glenn committed his life for the purpose of providing a service in a very difficult time for families when they are in need of his services.”
He also started the Glenn McMillen Funeral Museum in Texas. It’s a museum cataloging and celebrating the history of funeral service, which is to say the history of the funeral service profession, is the brainchild of, not surprisingly, a funeral service professional. Alexander said that he willingly donated his time, resources, guidance, and wisdom for decades to the funeral business. He was formerly an avid golfer and reader, which he enjoyed, as well as sporting events.
“His family and friends wish to honor him on this special occasion and to thank him for his caring, sharing spirit, for his commandment of respect and the acceptance of nothing less, and for allowing them to be a part of his life on this special day”, Alexander said.
“Therefore I, Richard Alexander, mayor of the Borough of Punxsutawney, PA, do hereby extend best wishes to Glenn McMillen on the occasion of his 73rd birthday with sincere congratulations for many more happy and productive years,” Alexander said, adding that he proclaimed October 6, 2015 as Glenn McMillen Day in Punxsutawney, and he affixed the official seal forthwith.