Richard Glenn Mills Richard Glenn Mills passed away at home in his sleep from natural causes on October 24, 2012. Richard was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania to John Irvin and Myrtle Mae Mills. He was the youngest of a very large family. He left home at a young age to join the United States Air Force and served at the end of WWII and later was stationed in Japan. After the service he joined his brother John in Arcata, California and remained in the area the rest of his life. Richard met and married Juell Davis Mills (later divorced) and had three daughters, Cindy, Wendy and Belinda. He worked at the California Barrel Factory, and with Juell, he cleaned offices for Dr. Bux. He later went to work for Weyerhauser until he decided to attend X-Ray Technology School at General Hospital, Eureka, California. He became an X-Ray technologist and later became the supervisor of the department until his retirement. He helped train many new students to become X-Ray technologists. Richard was the member of several Masonic Lodges as well as being a Shriner. He sponsored two children through the Shriners organization to receive medical services from the Shriners' Hospitals. He was also a member of the Foreign Legion, but because of health reasons he wasn't able to participate in recent years. Richard loved the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were always on his mind, even when he could no longer go. He also liked to travel and was happy to make two trips to the East Coast two years ago to see his older sister, Dorothy, (whom he hadn't seen in fifteen years) and later to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington, DC. He was looking forward to another trip before his death. He also loved his Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Coco and Chanel. Chanel especially provided a lot of comfort and companionship in his later years. A special thanks to his good friend and neighbor Dale Hoppe for going to lunch, enjoying daily conversations and walking Chanel. Richard is survived by his sister Dorothy Waite of Altoona, Pennsylvania as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives both here and in Pennsylvania. He is also survived by his children, Cynthia Savage-Hino (Stan), Wendy Chance, and Belinda Cummings (Eddie). His grandchildren, Christopher Chance (Dorothy), Andrea Armas (Michael), Jeff Chance (Whitney), Alison Phongsavath (Loy), Dillon Savage, Aaron Cummings, Mandi Cummings, and Sunny Hwang. His surviving great grandchildren are Maribel Chance, Karrie Savage, Dallas Chance, Cynthia Savage, Davis Phongsavath and Brooklynne Juell Chance. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Carolyn Mills, and his grandson, Timothy Chance. Richard remained at home until his death, but was lovingly supported in his care needs for many years by his daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Savage-Hino and Stan Hino, M.D. He had several favorite doctors who helped him along the way. He spoke very highly of Dr. O. Brian Craig of the Veterans Clinic, Dr. Beth Ables, Dr. Michael Palmer, Dr. Stefan Schunk, Dr. Philip Alway, and the late Dr. Stephen Clark. Also thanks to nephew Don Costello and great nephew Jonathan Finen for their special visits and attention which was appreciated by Richard. Friends and family are invited to a Family Gathering at the home of Stan and Cindy Savage-Hino on Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information email: CinSav@aol.com. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com, click obits.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Nov. 18 to Nov. 21, 2012