John Daniel “Dan” Mills, 92, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte.
He was born Dec. 12, 1920, in Brownstown, to the Rev. Glenn O. Mills and Beulah Adams Mills.
Dan was a 1939 graduate of Edinburgh High School and prepared for his career as an electrical contractor at Coyne College in Chicago.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and survived the battle of Iwo Jima.
In 1941, he married his high school sweetheart, Rosemary “Rosie” (Royse) Mills. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary before her death last year. Dan and Rosie moved to Punta Gorda, Fla., in 1986, where they were active members of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church.
They resided and raised two daughters in the Indianapolis area and were charter members of Southport Christian Church. Before retiring in 1985, Dan was employed by Barth Electric Co. Inc. for more than 30 years.
Dan was a kind and gentle man, a loving husband and father. Two days before his death he commented, “I don’t think there ever has been a man who lived a happier life.”
He is survived by two daughters, Sharon Mills of Hendersonville, N.C., and Judy Mills Gower of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Hendersonville, N.C.; many nephews and nieces; and close family friends, Deirdre Hulihan and Susan Doty Pardue.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and two brothers, Glenn O. “Bud” Mills Jr. and Eugene A. “Gene” Mills.
The family would like to especially thank Tim Gower for his loving presence during Dan’s final days.
A memorial service will be conducted at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda, Fla., at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services in Punta Gorda, Fla.