E. J. Mills - July 14, 2009E.J. Mills, 85, of Aurora, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 17 at the Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. Rev. Jim Garfield officiated. Burial was in Aurora Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
E. J. Mills, son of Harold J. and Sylvia (Kerr) Mills, was born in Arapahoe on Aug. 1, 1923.
At the age of 3, his family moved to Kansas City, Mo. He attended grade school and West Port High School in Kansas City. On Sept. 11, 1941 he enlisted into the United States Army. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 17, 1945.
On Aug. 20, 1946, he married Evelyn Knoop at Norton, Kan. He worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads for 17 years then went to work for the City of Aurora as Commissioner of the Street Department until he retired because of ill health.
He was an avid fisherman and camper. He enjoyed his family, especially when they all were at their cabin.
Survivors include his wife Evelyn Mills of Aurora; three children, Bud (Louise) Mills, Mary Colfack and Robert (Cheryl) Mills all of Aurora; eight grandchildren, Buck (Chris) Mills of Bellwood, Jennifer (Al) Znamenacek of Ashland, Sandy (Tony) Brammen of Hastings, Chad (Stephanie) Colfack of Cedar Hills, Utah, Tara Johnson and Molly (Russ) Jacobitz of Grand Island, Bowen Mills of York and Lucas Mills of Omaha; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, H.J. (Barbara) Mills of Edwards, Mo. and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ronald, who died at birth; and one sister, Marguerite Bosanko.