Mills, Robert Charles
August 7, 1922-September 8, 2013. Robert C. "Bob" Mills, who never met a person who wasn't a friend, died peacefully at home September 8. While we deeply mourn the loss of his incomparable company, we also celebrate the good long life of this man who was much loved over many years by all who knew him. He was born in Leadville, Colorado August 7, 1922 to H.F. "Hap" and Helen Mills. Bob Mills was married in 1947 to Mathilde Edith "Edie" Garrison, who died in 1998. He was preceded in death by his sister Edith Mills Hicks and brother John F. Mills. He is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Mills and sister, Barbara Mills Johnson, and by seven nephews and nieces and their offspring. Bob Mills graduated from Prescott High in 1940, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. He remained in the Air Force Reserve until he retired as a lieutenant colonel. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1948. The family lived in Phoenix. After being widowed Bob Mills moved to Scottsdale In 1999. The following year he formed a life-enhancing friendship with his neighbor Nancy Kemp. Bob Mills worked in the hard rock mining industry throughout the western U.S., Mexico, and Canada as a sales engineer and sales manager providing equipment and specialty castings. He was an active member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers. On his retirement from Capitol Castings in 1986, he continued as a consultant. Until 2011, Bob was an active member of the Phoenix Rotary Club. A gentleman of an ilk seldom seen any more, Bob Mills was an avid tennis player, a thoughtful reader, a funny, gracious, sociable soul, and universally regarded as a great guy. The world will be emptier without him. A memorial service and reception will be held Saturday September 14 at 2PM at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 2310 N. 56th Street in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family asks
that contributions in Robert Mills's memory be directed to
, 1510 E. Flower, Phoenix 85009, or the St. Mary's Food Bank, 2831 N. 31st. Avenue, Phoenix 85014.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 11, 2013