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Michael J. Mills

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Mills Michael J. Mills, 67, formerly of Columbus, OH, passed away March 4, 2017 after a long battle with lung disease. Michael made the courageous decision to travel from his home in Savannah, GA to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to undergo transplant surgery. He succumbed to complications after a difficult 6 month fight. Michael was born and raised in Columbus, OH where he attended DeSales High school before joining the US Army. He was proud to be one of a select group to be chosen for assignment to the Alternate National Military Command Center, under the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in PA. After the Army, he attended The Ohio State University and graduated with degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Michael remained an avid Buckeye fan throughout his life. Michael married his high school sweetheart, Mary Carol Rivers, in 1969. Their travels took them to many places but they were never far from family. He worked as a real estate developer, sales manager, musician and case manager during his life. His wisdom, sense of humor and musical talent touched many. Michael is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 47 years, Mary Carol Mills (Rivers); his father, Neil (Diane) Mills; his two children, Matthew (Marcella) Mills of Savannah and Andrew (Danielle) Mills of Henderson, NV; four wonderful grandchildren, Madison, Brendon, Avery and Delaney; sister, Sharon Rehm; and brothers, Jeff Mills and Michael Foe; nephews, Scott and Mark Rehm; and many other family members and friends. Michael was preceded in death by his mother Margaret, several aunts, uncles and cousins. A remembrance service and celebration of Michael's life will be held for family and friends on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at the Orchards of Big Bear Farms Clubhouse, 3594 Orchard Way, Powell, OH.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 13, 2017
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