It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Donald Ivan Mills peacefully at home on Thursday June 2, 2005 at the age of 74.
Beloved husband to his wife Bernice. Loving Father, to son Dana (Debra) Mills of Nanaimo and daughter Heather (Casey) Taylor, of Vernon. Loving Grandpa to Jeffrey (Iya) Taylor of Vernon, Steven (Heather Broughton) Taylor, Michelle (Andrae Johannesson) Taylor, all of Edmonton, Alta. Proud and loving “Poppa Don” to Great Grandsons Magnus and Tytan Johannesson of Edmonton. Also survived by his Brother Bud (Nora) Mills of Chemanius, BC, Sisters Laurie Larson of Vernon and Darlene Yuke of Calgary. Sisters-in-law, Edythe Barton, Lorene Pickowicz, Madge Foss, Cora Yurko of Pierceland Sask and Tret Paton of Vernon. Also survived by many special Nieces and Nephews who feel that every family should be fortunate enough to have an “Uncle Don.”
Predeceased by his Parents Albert and Nellie Mills, Sisters Maxine Hall and Arlie Straw, brothers-in-law Dick Straw, Les Hall, Walter Yuke and Ed Larson. Father and Mother-in-law John & Sophia Foss, Brothers-in-law Archie Barton, Walter Pikowicz, Ken Foss, Jack Yurko, Jim Paton, Bud Foss & Sisters-in-law Iva Foss.
Don was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on February 10, 1931, moving to Vancouver with his family four years later. In 1949 he ventured forth to find work in the oilfields of Alberta, first in Edmonton and then Redwater where he worked for the Pacific Petroleum. It was there he met Bernice, who was also employed in the Field Office of Pacific Petroleum. Don always said he went to Alberta to find oil but when he met Bernice he found Gold.
Don and Bernice were married in Redwater, Alberta on June 28, 1951, and shortly after moved to Edmonton where Don worked for Bernice’s Father who taught him the construction trade. Their children, Dana & Heather were both born in Edmonton. In 1960 their dreams came true when their family moved to Vernon where Don worked for School District 22, first as a carpenter-painter, advancing to the position of Assistant Maintenance Superintendent.
Don was a man who loved his family and friends and was not afraid to show it. He accepted people for who they are and always looked for the good in everyone. He had a great sense of humour and was well known for his “groaner” jokes.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, June 10/ 2005 at 11 am from the Chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. Those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in Don’s memory may do so to the Vernon Salvation Army or the Vernon Hospice House.
Cremation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC V1T 4M4 (250-542-4333).