Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

John E. Mills

John E. Mills, age 71, of Shelby, finally got his wings on Friday morning, December 20, 2019 at his home after an unexpected diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

John was born June 30, 1948 in Galion, Ohio to the late Floyd and Gladys (Woodard) Mills. He was a 1968 graduate of Galion High School and was a proud veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Vietnam War. John retired from IB-Tech in Bucyrus in 2010 and, prior to that, had worked at Carton Service in Shelby and Galion AMCO.

John enjoyed fishing and going for walks and his friendly demeanor was always warm and welcoming. He was a jack of all trades who always did anything in his power to help others with whatever they needed. He was an avid sports follower, especially football, baseball, and The Ohio State University Buckeyes. He was a member of Taylortown Community Church.

John is survived by his wife, Elaine (Swank) Mills, whom he wed on June 10, 1989; 3 children: Terry (Melody) Mills of West Virginia, Bobby (Robin) Evans of Shelby, and Jeff (Chris) Evans of Shelby; 10 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; a sister: Shirley Burch of Florida; mother-in-law and step father-in-law: Donna and Don Kiser; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother: Jim Mills; and his father-in-law: Vernon Swank with whom he was very close.

Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 1 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Guests are encouraged to arrive at the funeral home at 12:45 pm am so services can begin promptly at 1 pm. A procession to Oakland Cemetery for graveside services will immediately follow with Rev. O. Douglas Tackett officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland County Humane Society, 3025 Park Avenue West, Ontario, Ohio 44906.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  2. Howard Connie Lape says:

    So very sorry for your loss, John was a swell person who loved God!!! He will be celebrating Christmas in heaven!!!

  3. Debbie Eshelman says:

    Elaine and family, We are so sorry for your lose. John was a very nice man. Our prayers are with you. Debbie and Charlie Eshelman

  4. Lynn and Sandy Lehman says:

    John was a wonderful man and friend. We loved him and so appreciated all he did for us. God hold him in your arms.

  5. Connie Kuhn says:

    Elaine, so sorry to hear about John, you have our sympathy.

  6. Clayton A Husbands says:

    Elaine, I’m sorry to hear of John’s passing. May the Lord be with you and your family as you pass through this time of grief and healing. Clay Husbands

  7. Barbara Chapman says:

    This is Barbara in Las Vegas and I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying that God helps you through this for you and your family

  8. Patricia Adkins says:

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss of John. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Elaine with our love and prayers.
    Love Patty and John

  9. Chris(Adkinson)Edwards says:

    Elaine and family, I want to share my sympathy with you over the loss of John. I remember how you and John were so hospitable, welcoming me in your home after our family had lossed our sister-in-law, Cris Adkinson. When I met you and John, I was treated as if you had known me forever. I do remember the Buckeyes were playing on tv that day, and John being such a fan! You both have been such good neighbors and friends to my brother, Braden and his family. Your family will be in my prayers for comfort, and peace during this time of sorrow. I pray the loving memories of John will abound as you go through this season. Love, Chris Adkinson Edwards

  10. Travis Downs says:

    Elaine I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of John. I sure loved him, he is definitely someone i will never forget. Prayers to you and your family at this time.

  11. garlene littleton says:

    oh Elaine i’m so sorry, prayers for you and the family, may
    God bless you, .sorry i can’t come in n.c.

  12. Su Horner says:

    So sorry for ur loss my heart hurts for u

  13. Aretta Wiggins says:

    Elaine sorry hear of your loss. John was a friendly happy guy. Also, a helpful
    neighbor. May God be with you.

  14. Barbara Eakins says:

    Robin, sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  15. Lynn Swank says:

    Elaine, I am so sorry to hear about John. He was a Great Guy who will be dearly missed. God Bless you and your family.

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