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Gary D. Mills
Gary D. MillsFlagGary D. Mills, age 64 of Prospect, formerly of Richwood, died Saturday morning, February 2, 2013 at the Ohio State University Medical Center.  He was born October 4, 1948 in Clarksburg, West Virginia to the late William Owen and Virginia Ernestine (Devericks) Mills.

On June 6, 1981 he married the former Bonnie Kazee in Green Camp and she survives.

A 1968 graduate of Elgin High School, he served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He was employed by Quaker Oats in Marion for 25 years.  Gary was a member of Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Delaware.  Family was most important to Gary.  He enjoyed watching his kids play ball, and in the summertime he could usually be found at the ball field.  Gary loved doing anything outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and camping.  He and Bonnie enjoyed going to harness races and at one time Gary drove a starting gate.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Jason (Tera) Mills, Delaware; Jeremy (Loretta) Mills, Marion; Ron (Kalyssa) Mills, Prospect; Dolan Mills, Prospect; two daughters, Star Woods (Charles) Ross, Richwood; Bobbie Woods (Gary) Adkins, Raymond; three brothers, Jim (Sandy) Mills, Mansfield; Wayne (Darlene) Mills, Ostrander; William Mills, Galion; 21 grandchildren and one great-grandson.  He was preceded in death by a grandson.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Wayne Keith officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans.  Friends may call on Tuesday from 3 to 6 PM.

Memorial gifts may be made to the family to help with final expenses.

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#1 from: Renetta Penix Johnson
Plain City
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I'll see you heaven Uncle Gary, I am so proud to say you were instrumental in my life.  I am proud to say you were my uncle and your legacy will live on, You were strong, helpful, kind and compassionate among many other things...but most of all you are loved and always will be.  

#2 from: Bobbie Adkins
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 7:07 PM

My dad was the strongest man I ever knew.. Looking back I can remember times I thought how can this man be so mean... now that I am a parent I know he wasn't being mean he was being the best father he knew how.  I loved my dad with all my heart and I am glad he treated me and my sister like his own.  I got to talk to my dad a few hours before he passed and he aked me to unhook him I said dad you are all unhooked from all machines you are the one keeping you here on earth... he said thank you and I asked him to tell my father and granparents and every loved one of ours who has passed that I missed them dearly and he said I will.  Later that dad he looked at me and said I see dad.. I said you  mean Grandpa Mills he said your dad.  My heart swelled and I knew he was ready to go to heaven.  I am at peace with his passing because I know he is in heaven.  I promised to be strong for my mom and brothers and I will do that.  I love you dad and mom continue to be strong.

#3 from: star ross
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I just wanted to say (Thank You) for being my dad for all these years.I love you with all my heart.Don't for get to tell my dad(Robert woods)We said hello till we meet again.I hope you got to dance with grandma mills and watch some horse races with grandpa and grandm griffith.Send my love to everyone in heaven and I will be there too when my time comes.I LOVE YOU DAD!!!!!

#4 from: Fred and Valerie Parker
Cleveland, TN
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Bonnie we are so sorry for your loss. Gary was a very nice man. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love, Val.

#5 from: Gary & Sharon Griffith
Corona California
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Gary was a wonderful fellow and we are sad to hear he passed.

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Delaware, Ohio
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Gary was one of the sweetest men I have ever known. He was always cheerful even when you would think a person shouldn't be.Gary and Bonnie always had a open door policy in there home and in there hearts.We were neighbors for about 2 years and became nothing less then my adopted grandparents. They became and still are more of grandparents to me then my own blood. My favorite memories is me and Gary sitting outside on the porch together looking at the stars and him teaching me the bible and "Planting the seed" he called it. I loved listening to his stories.Or waking up and having coffee on a cool summer morning before he would go to church or help some one out. Gary will truly be missed in the hearts of many and in mine. Grandma I Love you and my heart just breaks for you. He will all ways be with you.

#8 from: Kara
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

My heart goes out to the Mills family. Gary was an amazing & helpful man. When I was sad or down he knew how to make me happy & cheerful . If I needed someone to talk to he would be there. Him & Bonnie are wonderful people. They would do anything for anyone . That was just there nature . Gary was a very loving caring man that everyone loved & enjoyed . Gary will be missed soo much & my heart goes out to Bonnie I couldn't imagine what she is going thru . R.I.P Gary we love you !!!

#9 from: kathie pfister
United States
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Harness racing lost another railbird here on earth

but gained one in heaven. My thoughts are with the whole family.

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#11 from: Angie Martin
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Uncle Gary was a very kind and loving man who will deeply be missed.
Love Angie

#12 from: Nancy Clunk Lashey
Marion, OH
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:32 AM

I am saddened to have to say good-bye to a special family friend.  Gary was quiet, with such a vibrant smile and caring personality.  He has his mother's smile; and his father's quiet strength.  I loved them dearly.....and the "Mills Boys" will always be near and dear to my heart!  God bless you all as you journey on.  My deepest sympathies to all.  From Dave and Nancy Lashey

#13 from: kay walters
United States
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I am so sorry Bonnie for your loss, Gary was a very Special Man. Prayers for you and your Family.

#14 from: Cheryl Cooley
Marysville, Ohio
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Dear Mills Family -  
    Please know that I am keeping your family close in heart, thought, and prayer in the loss of your beloved husband, dad, and grandfather.  I met Gary on a couple of occasions and found him to be a very pleasant man.  I fondly remember having Bobbie, Ron, and Dolan in my classroom at North Union.  May God's comfort and peace be yours during this challenging time and in the days and weeks to come.  Prayerfully,  Cheryl Cooley

#15 from: Jeanne Walker
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 3:34 PM

     I'am very sorry to read of Gary's passing. I will be praying for God's Grace to be with you and your family.


#16 from: Joann A Brown
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

  I was very sorry to hear of Gary's passing.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

                 Joann Brown

#17 from: Bill  And  Cyndie
Galion, Ohio
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Bonnie And Family,  It's  hard  to  understand  why angel came  and took Gary's  hand and gave him a tug... We never got to tell him we loved him before he disappeared into the sky so blue, We never got to tell Gary goodbye before he got his wings and learned to fly; All these things we wish we did whether by choice or fate we was too late...   When the Lord calls our loved once home, He leaves A gift of memories in exchange.  It takes a little darkness for us to see the stars, and A whole lifetime to reach them. But find comfort in knowing you all were A special part of such A beloved life. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time...  We are here if you want to talk.   Love Bill and Cynthianna                

#18 from: Rita Saylor
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Mill's family, My heart goes with all of you. Gary is an awesome man. I'll miss him. My prayers go with you.

#19 from: Gary and Susie Crofut
Tavares, Fl.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Our love and prayers are with you-----God bless                  Susie

#20 from: rick blankenship
Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

dear Mills family, Gary was a very good friend , I have tried to find him and Wayne for many years to thank them for being a friend to me  and serving in country for us all. LOVE & Peace my friend rab

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