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John Ernest Mills

93, was born June 7, 1919 in Indianapolis and died March 13, 2013, in Greenwood.

John graduated from Manual High School in 1937. During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps in the Asian-Pacific Theater. After World War II, John worked for Marathon Oil Company for 36 years, retiring in 1984.

On November 29, 1947 John married the love of his life Cleonia C. Hemmerlein with whom he celebrated 65 years of marriage. They were married at Garfield Park United Church of Christ and have remained members.

John was very active in the Prospect Masonic Lodge No. 714, where he held several offices including Past Master and Past Patron of the Prospect OES # 452.

He is survived by his wife Cleonia, daughter Diana (Joe) Downing, grandsons Jeremy and Brad (Renee), granddaughter Katie, sister-in-law Dorthea Mills and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents John and Stella Mills, five brothers and four sisters-in-law.

Visitation: Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Saturday, March 16 at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home at the Gardens at Olive Branch, with the Masonic Service at 1:45 pm and the funeral service at 2:00 PM. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Garfield Park United Church of Christ.

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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 15, 2013
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