Gary Joseph Mills

Gary Joseph Mills entered into eternal peace May 20, 2019 after sustaining injuries in a farming accident.

Gary was born Aug. 3, 1954 to Ray and Lois (Bruening) Mills. He married Rosemary Weber Mills Sept. 30, 1989, and they had a daughter Kate, who was the love of his life and the apple of his eye. He was very proud of Kate and all of her accomplishments, including recently obtaining her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in May.

Gary possessed a wit and charm that God only gifts to special people. Gary was a traditionalist and sentimental through to his core – real Christmas trees with real lights and icicles, childhood memories and remembrances, always salted his watermelon and loved learning about history. He had an incredible memory and recently completed writing his life story. In Gary’s story, he lists those things he loved most in the world In his own words…..

Things I love to do:

Sit under the maple tree and drink something cold or smoke a cigar and watch the world go by….start up the GP and run it around…..read a good book, which is usually whatever I’m reading at the time….go to a really good auction or yard sale. How can you tell? You know it when you see it….get a good deal on most anything….listen to old stories….eat cream puffs….laugh at a good joke, well told….eat a large piece of pie….look through old books and pictures….make a rusty thing that has been discarded into something useful again….kick the ice off car fenders, often, not even my own car….eat a piece of homemade crusty bread….tease my daughter, then a kiss and a hug….listen to the end of Beethoven’s 9th….watch Maria Korowski dance the Nutcracker….rummage through an old, undiscovered junk drawer…fix something that ought to be passed along….smell freshly watered grass on a hot day or burning leaves in the Fall….decorate the Christmas tree….eat a turkey drumstick…eat real maple syrup…breathe in that first brisk air of spring.

Gary did not own a cell phone or use social media. Gary was the wit, humor and charm of our family – we counted on him for his witty remarks that would keep all of us going in hard times, and his jokes to make us laugh in good times. We have lost a true treasure of a man.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, and daughter Kate (and future son-in-law Josh Duram), eight brothers and sisters – Robert (Janell), Jim (Marilyn), Patricia Wangerin (James), Bev Mills, Janet Bortfeldt (Mike), Marilyn Mills, Joanne Kessler (Rex) and Carol Mills (Paul Kissel). He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Weber, sisters-in-law Theresa Steffes (Mark), Karen McKinnon (Brian), Elaine Weber and brother-in-law Tony Weber. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Anna Sobie (Roman). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

There will be a local celebration of life for Gary July 19 at 7 p.m. at Jonseck’s at 4728 S. 48th Ave., New Era. (Bradyville Farms) – BYOB and stories about Gary to share and remember. Snacks provided. (and a garden hose to drink water from…..)

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Trinity Community Food Pantry, 5631 W. Stony Lake Rd., New Era, MI 49446.