A career shoe salesman from a small town in Washington left nearly $1 million to his alma mater in his will.
Based on observing his lifestyle no one would have assumed Ken Millen of Aberdeen, WA had a lot of money to spend. He lived his entire life in the house where he grew up and was so thrifty he used duct tape to hang his curtains instead of purchasing curtain rods.
Millen had attended two years of school at Grays Harbor College and then spent his entire working life as a salesman at a local shoe store. He only left the store when the business closed.
Millen was never married and had no children. He had a brother who was a law professor. When the brother passed away, he left everything he had to Millen.
It did not change how Millen lived at all. When Millen himself passed away it was discovered that his brother left him a substantial sum of money. So much, in fact, that Millen visited a local attorney and had a will drafted that included a nearly $1 million gift to his alma mater Grays Harbor College.
The Los Angeles Times has more on this story in "This shoe salesman lived an unassuming life. Then he died, and his hometown got quite the surprise."
This is another in a long example of people who lived frugally and gave generously in their wills to charitable causes. What it shows is that anyone can save money and, with the foresight to have an estate plan drawn up, can leave that money to causes and organizations they support.
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Reference: Los Angeles Times (Oct. 14, 2016) "This shoe salesman lived an unassuming life. Then he died, and his hometown got quite the surprise."