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Steven Allen Mills
Steven Allen MillsSteven Allen Mills died peacefully from complications of COVID-19 on October 14, 2021, at The Villages Regional Hospital in Lady Lake, FL.  He was 70.

The son of Betty and the late Garold “Jerry” Edward Mills, Steve was born and raised in Springfield.  He graduated from Northeastern High School.

Steve attended The Ohio State University in Columbus where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and The Ohio Staters service organization.

In 1976, Steve joined the family business, Mills Chevrolet-Olds-Pontiac, Inc. in Richwood. There, he was able to work with his father and, for a period, his two younger brothers.  Daily, Steve arrived at the “agency” a few hours before sunrise to make coffee and do some work before a constant stream of friends came through the door to visit.  While he appreciated automobiles, his drive to keep strenuous hours was fueled by the anticipation of whom he would see each day, be they employees or customers.  He served as the company’s president until closing the operation in 2008. After a brief respite, he returned to work at Chesrown Chevrolet Buick GMC, Inc. in Delaware, from which he retired in the autumn of 2018.

Steve called Richwood home, raising two children, and making countless friends over nearly 30 years. He became a Freemason and Shriner. He was also a member of the Essex United Methodist Church and the Richwood First United Methodist Church.  
He then lived in Delaware, for fifteen more years, continuing to make new friends and create fun wherever he went.

In 2019, Steve and his partner, Mindy, relocated to The Villages, FL. They married in 2020.  While living in Florida, he fully enjoyed retirement, often remarking to friends and family how fortunate he felt to live there.  He loved the sunshine, golfing, swimming, bowling, and listening to live music. The simplicity of life on a golf cart suited him well.

An avid golfer, Steve enjoyed sharing the love of the game with his family and friends. He spent many days watching, playing, or just talking about the game.  While a lifelong Republican, he welcomed open dialogue with those of all ideologies.

Steve was a son, brother, husband, and father to a fortunate few, but a friend to so many others. He is survived by his wife, Malinda “Mindy” (Yenser); daughter Kelly Mills (Matthew Elliott) of Columbus; son Christopher of Pinehurst, NC; mother Betty of Sarasota, FL; brothers Randy (Cynthia) of Dayton, and Rick (Jane) of Sarasota; stepsons Logan Dawson (Taylor) of Columbus and Drew Dawson of Plain City; step-granddaughter Hensley Dawson of Plain City; ex-wife Jacki (McClenathan) Mills of Delaware; stepmother Ruth Mills of London; numerous nieces and nephews; and many special friends whom he befriended during his 70 years on Earth. He was preceded in death by his father and stepson (Myles Dawson).

A Gathering of Family and Friends celebrating Steve's Life will take place Sunday May 22, 2022 from 1 to 4 pm at The Barn at Stratford, 2690 Stratford Rd. Delaware, Ohio 43015

Memorial gifts may be made to The Heart of Ohio Junior Golf Association (HOJGA, Attn: Steve Mills Memorial Fund, PO Box 821, Marion, OH, 43301-0821).

The family would appreciate Steve’s legacy being carried on by others and requests that friends greet everyone they meet before noon with a “good morning”; sing along to every song; and do something nice for someone else each day.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood is assisting the family

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Rona Penix
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 7:37 AM

So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. . My thoughts and prayers are with you.

#2 from: Gary & Linda Shaw
Marysville ohio
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 8:53 AM

Thoughts and prayers to Steve’s family. Steve was a friend to both of us for years. Never put off tomorrow , what you can do today. Steve had invited us to his place in Florida, but we never made the time, a sad mistake. He will be missed by so many.

#3 from: Jennifer Furer
Marysville, Ohio
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 11:41 AM

To the Mills Family I am so sorry for the passing of Steve and the empty place he has left in so many lives.  Steve was a gem someone that just made you smile.  We bought a truck off of him right before he retired I wanted dark blue he found me 4 the price difference in the blue and what he had on lot was insane, he said Jennifer I will get you the blue if that’s what you want but is it really worth the extra??  He was right I got the silver😂. My mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor Labor Day weekend  weekly I got a message from Steve checking on her and all of us, messages that brought me to tears.  The last message was Sept 25th, I didn’t know he was sick.  When I heard we lifted him in prayer just as he had been doing for mom. I have learned our prayers are answered in different ways then we sometimes want  and God has different plans.  Steve passed 5 days before  mom and I know they are both in a better place and healed but for those of us here it is hard to let go  and hard to go on.  Steve would have wanted  people to go play golf, smile and laugh  and enjoy the little things  in life.  Good people go to fast but Steve lived a full good. Happy go lucky  life for his time here on earth  and touched a lot of lives he was a blessing to be around. Hugs and prayers, Jennifer

#4 from: Dave/Deb Tevis Clayton
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 12:54 PM

Steve's family and extended families....
Sending our thoughts and prayers. Like many, we were in shock... We've know Steve since the 70s and bought several vehicles, went to parties, and he was as Steve Martin says: "One Wild and Crazy Guy" everyone wanted to be with.
He was blessed to get to retirement and enjoy the Good Life.
Hope to Celebrate his Life in 2022.
Dave/Deb Tevis Clayton

#5 from: Tom Guy and Gail DeGood-Guy
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 1:07 PM

Words can't express how I feel about the loss of my dearest brother.   Mindy, I've shared with you privately how I feel.  May God watch over you during these most difficult days.  Chris and Kelly, your dad remains in my heart.  He was damn special. Love, Tom and Gail  

#6 from: Jerry Moore
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 1:33 PM

To all the family, so sorry for your loss. Another great community member gone too soon. Steve did a lot for the Richwood community and he truly loved it here.

#7 from: Russo Erin
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 1:45 PM

Many childhood memories with the Mills family.  My heart breaks for all of you.  Steve’s humor, wit, and effortless way of engaging people are a few of his treasures!  Loved visiting him with Dad at the dealership.  And I’ve always heard about the card club shenanigans and his impeccably times  wise cracks!  :)  

Praying for you all through these next chapters without him here.  But it is my belief he isn’t far.  ❤️

#8 from: Chris and Adrienne Reese
Richwood, Ohio
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 1:53 PM

I have had the pleasure of knowing and growing up around Steve and the dealership. Solde my first ever car and I will never forget that.  Steve will truly be missed..rip brother

#9 from: Greg Ballinger
Richwood, OH
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 2:03 PM

Few people in your life can make you feel happy just by thinking of them. Steve was a rare gem. I have so many memories of Steve and every single one of them brings a smile to my face. I walked into the store many times, usually just to visit, sometimes to buy a vehicle. It didn't matter to Steve why you were there; he was always happy to see you. He was my friend, and I've missed him for several years, but now we all miss him more.

#10 from: Bill and Debby Hoopes
Delaware, Ohio
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 2:34 PM

Steve will truly be missed. He touched the lives of so many and we were blessed to call him our friend. RIP.

#11 from: Aaron Zimmerman
Delaware, OH
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 3:25 PM

I am so very sorry to hear this news. He was one of my favorite memories from our time in mock trial. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you during this time.

#12 from: Scott & Tenah McMahan
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 3:54 PM

Condolences 💐 to you all.  Steve was a presence in the community and strived to make a positive difference.  

#13 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 5:29 PM

What a shock. Always full of energy and a never ending smile.We bought several vehicles off of him to the point he would even bring a new one he thought I would like to me at work and say here keep it a few days and traded every 3 years as another in town resident always bought my old one as low miles.He was very generous donating to worthy causes and the community.Our deepest sympathy ,thoughts and prayers to all the family.

#14 from: Karen & Ken Milburn
Marion Ohio
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 6:16 PM

What can you say about Steve..
"One of a Kind" Great Friend to So,So Many! I had the Pleasure of working for the Mills Family at their Auto Parts Store, also celebrating Birthday's with Our Spouses.For My 50th he had a "Special" gift sent to the VFW party room for me...many will definitely remember and I will Never Forget.Ken also loved his
joy ride for an evening in Steve's Fire Truck I Believe Beverage's were involved. We are So Grateful
that in February we spent a day
and well into the evening Enjoying
The Villages in Florida with Steve and Mindy it was an Amazing Time and I will Cherish the Memories.
I Pray his Family finds Peace from the Stories and Memories of such a Great Guy.
Karen and Ken Milburn

#15 from: Rose Mary Price
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 6:26 PM

Steve was a one of a kind kind of guy. Always had a smile on his face and something crazy to say. You will be missed deeply.❤️

#16 from: Bobb Swihart
Indian lake
Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 11:49 PM

RIP prayers to the family so sorry for your loss had slot of good memories working for Steve

#17 from: Sue Cramer Clem
Thu, Nov 4, 2021 at 7:27 AM

Steve was one of the most positive people I have ever known. Always smiling and full of energy and was so much fun. He will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers and thoughts to his family.

#18 from: Judy L. Nickel
Thu, Nov 4, 2021 at 1:24 PM

So sorry for the loss of such a fun-loving, caring, giving, always smiling, friend who was always available to help a person out.  He will be greatly missed by so many people and we will know he is in heaven waiting to meet each one of us when we arrive there!  Praying for the whole family for comfort, love, and peace from knowing that Steve is now with our Lord and Saviour!  God Bless each one of you.

#19 from: Bill and Beth Parish
Thu, Nov 4, 2021 at 3:01 PM

So very sorry to lose a One-in-a-Million type of guy.  He will be missed so much by so many.  God Bless.

#20 from: Carole Greene
Thu, Nov 4, 2021 at 3:23 PM

I was sad to. Hear of Steve's
passing.  He was a good friend to my parents. My Mother, Helen,enjoyed babysitting for Kelly and Chris.  Condolences to Jackie,Kelly and Chris.

E yed

#21 from: Chapman Donna
Fri, Nov 5, 2021 at 8:53 PM

So heartbreaking,but it was obviously his time through my faith.  My heart breaks for you Mindy and his family. Be blessed he was part of your journey in this life...life is short and fragile.  He was a gift!!!!

#22 from: Susie Kavanagh
Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 11:09 AM

Mindy, Kelly, Chris and family, so very sorry for your loss.  
Hugs to all of you…

#23 from: Thomas Hicks
Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 11:16 PM

My condolences...
I'm glad I was able to reconnect with Steve, on Facebook. After some 40+ years!
We had a few conversations. And as was stated, some of our political views differed. But it mattered not, to either of us. Friend he was. Friend he will stay...

#24 from: Becky Pester
Springfield, Ohio
Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 11:21 AM

I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Steve's passing. I have many childhood memories of growing up together on Bosart Rd. My thought and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

#25 from: Brent Harper
Sat, Nov 20, 2021 at 2:41 PM

My sincere condolences go out to the entire Mills Family!!!
Steve was a positive and inspired person in this  world, and will be sorely missed. Being an Employee at Mills Chevy in Richwood, I have a lot of fond memories with the Mills Boys and it was a pleasure to have known everyone of them. They have been and will continue to be treasured family friends.
My Heart and Prayers are with you and yours at this troubling time
Yours Truly
Brent Harper and Family

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