Jeffrey Glen Millns
1950 - 2017
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Jeffrey Glen Millns

It is with great sadness that the family of Jeffrey Glen Millns announces his passing on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at the age of 67 years.

He was born March 29, 1950, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of the late John Louis Millns Sr. and the late Elaine C. (Kurek) Millns and stepson of Sandy Millns, who survives. He was one of five siblings.

Jeff attended Gesu Catholic Grade School, where he served as an altar boy, and St. Francis de Sales High School. He also attended University of Toledo from 1968 to 1970 and was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in horticulture and was a member of Pi Alpha XI honor society.

Jeff's career was sparked by his early education at St. Francis de Sales, coupled with an introduction to horticulture with an Eagle Scout banquet sponsorship by Schramm's Flowers, one of Toledo's oldest businesses, transitioning him into a career that spanned more than 50 years.

In 1976, Jeff followed his passion and purchased Joe I. Cooper Florist. He later added two other locations, in Waterville and at One SeaGate in Toledo.

Jeff served on the boards of numerous organizations, including past president and member of Allied Florists of Toledo; past vice president and board member of the Toledo Animal Shelter; past president and member of the Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce; charter member of the Waterville Downtown Development Committee; Ohio State Alumni Association; Ohio State Floriculture and Landscape Horticulture Alumni Association; the Clear Lake Yacht Club; Brandywine Country Club; and the Waterville Historical Society. He also supported David's House's annual charity event.

Jeff's happiest times seemed to be when he was surrounded by loved ones. With his sense of humor and witty sarcasm, he was always the life of the party. He paid particular attention to every person in the room, whether they were 6 or 65 years old. A selfless man with a big heart, he made it a priority to include everyone, especially at holidays, and make sure guests were introduced to one another. He took pleasure in setting an immaculate table for special gatherings. He created grand meals and always made sure to arrange for someone to run leftovers over to the neighbors.

His homes were casual and inviting, yet usually looked like a page out of a magazine, filled with art and beautiful décor and furnishings. They held so many memories over the years, from engagement parties and baptism luncheons to Thanksgiving dinners and New Year's Eve bashes. The bar was always well stocked and the kitchen full of gourmet goodies that he made with love.

His happy place was his Clear Lake, Indiana, cottage, which was the scene of countless epic summer gatherings that will live on in the memories of everyone lucky enough to be in attendance. His tours around the lakeshore at 0.2 mph in his beloved pontoon boat, usually with a drink in hand and his dogs peeking over the edge, were a legendary rite of passage for guests, as he slowed to wave hello to neighbors and give updates on other cottages and the families that lived in them.

Jeff will be lovingly remembered by his stepmother, Sandy Millns; brother, John Jr. (Jennifer) Millns and his children, Matthew (Lindsey) Millns, Maureen (Chuck) Pollitzer, and Laura Millns; twin sister, Susan C. (Norman) VanWagner and her children, Tricia (Jennifer) VanWagner and Molly (Gary) Petersen; sister, Nancy Ransom, and her children, Alex Brown, Tyler Brown and Emily (Shea) Corzatt. He also is survived by great-nieces and nephews, John Patrick, Colleen, Charlie, Teddy, Nina, Kale, Reid, Quin, Isaac, Gabriel and Brooklyn.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, brother Mark C. Millns, and brother-in-law Robert Ransom.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (just west of Corey Ave.), Toledo. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Gesu Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Blvd., Toledo. Interment will follow at Toledo Memorial Park, 6382 Monroe St., Sylvania. Online condolences may be give at

Memorial donations in memory of Jeff may be made to the Toledo Animal Shelter Association, 640 Wyman St., Toledo, OH 43609.

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Published in The Blade from Dec. 31, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018.
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November 20, 2018
I only today, 11/20/2018 learned of Jeff's passing. My deepest and sincerest condolences to all those two and four legged creatures that loved Jeff. As a fellow TKE, I remember what a pleasant, fun and honest person Jeff was. God speed, Jeff. You are home.
Michael Boxenbaum
January 26, 2018
I would like to thank everyone who has shared their memories of warms my heart to hear of the far reaching effect his kindness and generosity had on your lives. Our memories will overshadow the sad way he died but the Parkinson's Disease took control of his life at the end. Love to you all!
Sue Millns Vanwagner
January 25, 2018
My prayers to the Milns family. I worked for Jeff at Coopers Florist for several years. I will forever remember what a huge loving heart he had . He was a very special person in my life and I learned so much from him . I am very sad tonight to hear of his passing. Rest In Peace dear heart .
Matibeth Jermyn
January 12, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing and I extend my condolences to his family, especially to Sue, who had been a classmate of mine.
During high school years and college, I was glad to call Jeff a pal. He was funny, inclusive and, as we would have said at the time, he was a riot.
I'm so happy to read about Jeff's very full life.
He deserved it, and he made it.
Halina Czerniejewski
January 10, 2018
I married into Jeff's family and what a wonderful family it was. The last time I saw Jeff was at his cottage at Clear Lake. I now love in Ft. Myers, Fl so have not seen Jeff for a while. My heart goes out to the family. Deepest sympathy to all of you.. Marge, Kevin, Greg and Katy, Susie and Kev Grotke.
Marge Kaminski
January 10, 2018
I married into Jeff's family. What a wonderful family it was. My heart aches for them. Last time I saw Jeff was at his cottage. Since I now live in Florida I did not see them very often. Deepest symphany from Marge, Kevin, Greg and Katy, Susie and Kevin Grotke and families.
Marge Kaminski
January 9, 2018
Thank you Jeff for being a exciting part of my life. People like you made life easier at a difficult time. We had so much fun, tell Chuck hey.

Jim Lovett
jim lovett
January 9, 2018
TO the Millns family God bless you in this time of sorrow. Jeff an I had many laugh's over my pound cakes I made him. I will miss him.
Betty F. Williams
January 5, 2018
I first met Jeff at Smedlap' Smithy in Waterville. He, Connie, Pam and I grew to be close friends. I finally went to work at Cooper Flower Shop with Jeff, Janice, Don, Joanne and many many more. It was like a second family.
Jeff shared his Clear Lake cottage with my family and many memories were made. Our children still talk about their times at Clear Lake.
I love and miss you my dear friend but know that you're in a better place in the arms of God.
Karen Mockensturm
January 5, 2018
Dear Millns family, my heart aches for the loss of Jeffrey.
It was a tragic loss for all his family, and friends. Special condolences to Sandy, John, Sue and Nancy.
As a Clear Laker, we always smiled when he pulled his pontoon up to our dock. We
never knew how many passengers he was bringing. Our house was his pit stop and place to replenish beverages. I always enjoyed meeting his friends and family.
Jeff loved to entertain and cook and we enjoyed many nights on the porch along with many laughs.
I feel like I lost my best friend at Clear Lake. RIP my dear friend.
Barbara and Bill Hanna
January 5, 2018
I met Jeff when I was 20 years old and came to work at Cooper's. I didn't know then that coming into work at Cooper's would change the rest of my life. Over the next 35 years he became a close friend. He was there for every major event in my life. We laughed, partied, cried and fought together like an old married couple and I wouldn't change a minute of it. The memories will last my lifetime, but sadly so will the hurt of losing him., Rest in peace. Love always my friend.
Janice Szymanowski
January 5, 2018
Our family was so sad to hear about Jeff's passing. He was not only a good neighbor but a dear friend. We had many great times at Clear Lake boating, sharing meals, playing games and laughter. He was always a few steps away when we needed company and a smile. Our son still smiles when he remembers Jeff's words of wisdom when he went off to college, which were pure Jeff unfiltered. That was part of his charm and why we loved him so.

He will be in our hearts forever. When we look down the shore we'll remember our dear friend and picture him cruising the lake with his beloved girls on the back of the pontoon.

Our thoughts and prayers to the family,

Ellen, Matthew, and Philip Miller
January 3, 2018

I will never forget all the fun times we had during the holidays at my family house. Christmas and New Years were great when you and my brother Chuck Kriner would make the holidays crazy. I have family photos of you (in black and white) from back before I was born.

You did the flowers for my wedding and would always hep me with anniversary flowers that followed. I was just the little brat running around the house, but you were always nice to me.

I am sad that a big part of my family memories has passed, but will never be forgotten.

RIP Jeff and say Hi to Mom, Dad, Chuck and Jackie for me.

You will be missed
Kelly Kriner
January 3, 2018
I was close friends with Jeff in the 80's when myself & Connie Carlos owned Mill Race Antiques behind Jeff's flower shop in Waterville OH. Then I moved to Vermont & we lost touch. He was a wonderful, caring, funny guy. I was so sorry to hear he had suffered with such difficult health issues. No more pain now. R.I.P. my friend.
Pam Maher
January 3, 2018
We have many happy memories of times spent with Jeff going back to college where we met thru the fraternity. He was a special individual and am glad we continued to keep in touch. I last saw him at his shop in Waterville when I was in town. I did not know then that I would not enjoy his company again. Our hearts go out to all of his family at this time of sorrow. God speed.
Tom and Lu Ann Andersen
January 3, 2018
Lisa Sido
January 2, 2018
The best quote ever "sorry about the kitchen" A great Clear Lake memory!!

Kris Sundberg
Kris Sundberg
January 2, 2018
The obituary painted a beautiful picture of Jeff. He was one of a kind. My family and I enjoyed many visits and boat rides at Clear Lake. Our favorite line that we always brought up whenever we were together was "sorry about the kitchen, Jeff" as we left his cottage looking over our shoulder at his kitchen in total disarray! He always made me smile!
Claudia Sundberg
January 1, 2018
I knew Jeff from his business. From our first meeting where we worked together with his dog on his lap I always enjoyed Jeff. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him and get to know him. Such a sad ending for his life. My sympathy to his family.
Mary Ellen Piazza
January 1, 2018
jeff was a wonderful person and friend for many years while I lived in Waterville. it is with deep sadness to learn of his passing. may god bless his family and friends, plus bless jeff with wings as he enters heaven with god.
sharon mccullough
January 1, 2018
I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Millns. But I haven't been able to get him out of my mind, as soon as as he was reported missing. I prayed his being found would be different, but feared the outcome that was. I feel the need to reach out and give a hug to his sister who found him. I pray his suffering was short, and
God took him home quickly, to be with other family members. I told a friend, Sr. Liz, to please pass along that hug that needs to be shared. May God rest his soul and comfort all of you who have lost such a special friend and family member.
Jan Michalak
December 30, 2017
As a friend of all the Millns
I enjoyed times and card games at the family cottage on Vineyard lake
Both Mark and Jeff were Fraternity brothers very sad for your loss.
Jeff Peake
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