Douglas Steven Mills
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Douglas Steven Mills KOUTS, IN - "Happy is the man who can look back with pride and stride forward with hope." Rediscovered in an old letter, these words guided Doug throughout his life; and now they serve to describe his legacy. Douglas Steven Mills, 59, passed away suddenly on Monday, May 11, 2020. He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife Pamela; daughter Jordan and her fiance Justin; son Brendan and his wife Kristen; daughter Samantha; and grandchildren Benjamin and Charlotte. He is also survived by his siblings Connie, Patricia, Rebecca, Janet, Michael, Scott, and Robert as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved mother and father, and brother John. Doug was born the sixth of nine children to John and Rose Jean Mills in Hobart, IN. Raised in a family of athletes, Doug played Hobart Brickie baseball, football, and wrestling before graduating in 1979. Soon after, he embarked on his career at Varied Products as a draftsman in Valparaiso. He then worked at Union Electric Steel and Urschel Laboratories for several years before joining NIPSCO. There, Doug was the second of three generations of NIPSCO men. Though a private man, he was recognized for his hard-work, dedication, and wit everywhere he went. Doug worked tirelessly for his family, and they were the most important part of his life. From breakfasts-in-bed to little messages of inspiration, he always made his loved ones feel thought of, cared for. Doug was particularly proud of all his children and loved them dearly. He passed on his unparalleled passion for music by providing guitar and piano lessons for each of his children. He acted as the master of ceremonies for at-home family concerts and oftentimes was the lead singer! Doug also had diverse interests and hobbies, all of which he eagerly shared with his family. He loved cooking, and his Saturday morning breakfasts were the stuff of legend. He relished taking family vacations and fishing at his family's cabin in Ely, Minnesota. This inspired him to buy his own boat to enjoy during his retirement. His curiosity about the world was insatiable, and he watched documentaries on every subject under the sun. Moreover, he was quite the Turner Classic Movie buff! At home, he could be found whistling while working on home projects. His family is grieving and will miss him terribly. Tragically he was taken much too soon, but his legacy will live on through his dedicated children and grandchildren. They will always think of him when they hear a John Denver song. They will always smile when they remember his wry humor and infectious laugh, and they will pass on his stories to their children. To his family, he will always be "Papa." Private funeral services will be held by the family. KOSANKE FUNERAL HOME in Kouts entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in The Times on May 15, 2020.
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May 24, 2020
I have 5 wonderful brother's, 2 of them are gone now. I could always depend on any of them for anything and Doug was no exception. I can still picture in my mind, Doug as a little boy, running around the house laughing, whistling, joking around and teasing. Yes, he was a teaser! He grew up to be a good and kind man. Doug had a heart of gold. He called me up one day and said "what are you doing". I told him I was looking at sales for a new laptop. The very next day there was a knock at the door and to my surprise it was a brand new laptop, from Doug. He was always doing things like that for me. Doug knew that I liked documentaries like he did and he would often call me with the time and date of a documentary or a movie that he thought I would like. He was a jokester, at times he would call me and pretend to be someone else with an accent, occasionally I would fall for it and he would get a kick out of that! He was always concerned if I was happy or not and he would often say " I hope that you're happy". There was a time in Doug's life when I became a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. I hope that I was able to provide him with some comfort when he needed it most. He's gone way to soon. His beautiful heart is resting now. I will always hold wonderful memories in my heart and mind of my brother Doug. It's been hard and I will miss him alot. He was one of the best.
Janet Mills
Sister
May 18, 2020
Doug was a great guy that I had the privilege of growing up with, although he was 5 years older than me, he made a impact on my life. I can remember Doug showing me and his brothers Mike and Scott how to lift weights, catch fly balls, field ground balls, either with a glove or in my case, usually with my face. I was blessed to see Doug, Pam and Grandson last summer, we talked about being proud parents, grandparents, and who caught the biggest bass out of Moose Lake up in Minnesota. The thing that sticks to me most was when he was leaving he told me how proud he was of me and the person I turned out to be. He make me feel good about myself and that's what he did for people he talked to. My deepest condolences to the Mills family.
Tim
Friend
May 17, 2020
To Dougs family and friends, we are truly sorry for your loss. He and I graduated from Hobart together. He always had a smile on his face. I remember his kind ways and great sense of humor. Rest In Peace my friend.
Jeff Coons
Classmate
May 15, 2020
The Sheely family sends their sincerest sympathies to all of you. What a shock it was to hear of Doug's passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve your loss. You have some wonderful memories to hold onto. Those will help you work through this tragic time.
Kathy Sheely
Friend
May 14, 2020
Praying for God's grace for each of you. May your many and loving memories bring comfort. Rest in peace, Doug.
Vicki and Larry Warkoczeski
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