James Millen Jr., businessman, golf course founder, dies at 79 James E. Millen Jr.

By on July 13, 2011

James Edward Millen Jr., 79, died Saturday, July 2, 2011 after a long battle with dementia.

A lover of adventure, Jim lived a full life. He was the longtime owner of Akron Insurance as well as owning businesses in manufacturing, book distribution and a restaurant. He combined his love for golf and real estate, building Hawk Valley Golf Course.

An avid sportsman, Jim hunted in Alaska and Africa as well as locally. He enjoyed being a pilot, flying for business, family and charity. He was a charter member of the Akron Mennonite Church. His favorite charities were Habitat for Humanity and Prison Fellowship. He was a generous man who loved celebrating and being with friends.

He is survived by Carolyn Joyce Millen, his wife of 56 years; and his children: James Edward Millen III; Dana Beth Kunkle, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Gregory Kent Millen, of Lancaster. Also surviving is an aunt: Evelyn Gerstlauer, of Brethren Village. He was blessed with 14 grandchildren, all of whom survive him.

Family and friends attended his memorial service July 9 at Akron Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers, send memorial contributions to the Caring Fund of Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz 17543.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be sent to the family at stradlingfuneralhome.com. More MILLEN, page A6

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