James N. MacMillan, 90, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2023, in Wooster Ohio. As the family reflected, he lived up to his middle name, Noble, through to the end. He was a man who walked into life with a hunger to learn and grow from the challenges and events that came his way.
Jim was born on August 22, 1932 in Detroit Michigan, as the third child of Col. A.R. and Margaret MacMillan. He always looked up to them and his sister, Ann, and brother, William.
Being in a military family, and growing up during the war years, Jim knew life “on the move”.
He experienced schools in many states, including the University of Michigan after high school, and even some education overseas in London. Like his father, he enlisted in the Air force, and before long 2nd Lt. Jim MacMillan found himself testing airplanes and being a flight instructor.
He married Susan Elaine Loud and they welcomed two daughters, Janice Elaine and next Mary Elizabeth. Around that time, an unwelcome visitor came in the form of Susan’s cancer. Jim left his beloved air career to be close to the family until Susan’s passing. While raising his young daughters alone, Jim met and married his “angel” Karina Landau. They have embodied love, coziness, adventure, and simplicity together for over 56 years.
Staying “grounded”, Jim found his niche early in the growing computer world. He overcame debts and alcohol from early days (strengthened through AA), and was eager to share the lessons he learned. Jim loved facts and history which his intellect collected like a magnet. He was an excellent storyteller and could wrap up a moment or a philosophical gem in a meaningful tale. For that reason, his family encouraged him to record his memoirs in a self-published book called, “Simply Jim”, 2019. Jim wisely said, “Teachability is a sign of humility. And with humility there is hope: the door is still open for growth and community.”
Jim leaves behind his lovely wife, Karina, and daughters Mary and Janice with her husband Rick Adams, two granddaughters, Kendyl, and Robin (Daniel) Tolbert and four great grandchildren Selena, Rilian, Corin, and Malcolm.
The family extends its heartfelt appreciation to the staff at West View Manor and the help from Life Care Hospice, who graciously and professionally oversaw Jim’s healthcare in his last few days.
A small family service will be held in May, with internment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com