Richard H. Mills Sr.

November 30, 1928February 24, 2013

Richard H. Mills, Sr., 84, born on November 30, 1928 in Decatur, IL passed away peacefully on February 24, 2013 in Swansea, IL with his family by his side.

Mr. Mills graduated from Joy High School in Joy, IL and earned a Masters degree in chemistry from Western IL University in Macomb, IL. He was drafted for the Korean War and served in the US Army in Germany. Mr. Mills taught chemistry for 40 years at Belleville Area College and was a member and former elder of First Christian Church in Belleville. He loved woodworking, working with his metal lathe, old radios, gardening, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Gazelle (nee LaBounty) Mills and a twin brother in infancy, Robert Mills.

Survived by his wife, JoAnn (nee Allen) Mills; children, Richard Mills, Jr. and his children, Christi and Casey Mills of Bolingbrook, IL, Elizabeth (Todd) Cheffer and their children, Keaton and Tori Cheffer of Belleville, IL, Lynette (Daniel) Toenjes and their children, Elliot, Carly, and Ethan Toenjes of Millstadt, IL, and Robert (Kathryn) Mills of Fairview Heights, IL; great grandchildren, Kylie Larson, Jacob Larson, and Carrie Mills of Bolingbrook IL; brothers, Harold (Shirley) Mills of New Boston, IL and their children, Kathleen Perrine of Davenport, IA, Valerie (Scott) Thorne of Parkersburg, IA, Brian (Karen) Mills of New Boston, IL, and Timothy (Sally) Mills of Marshalltown, IA and Stanley (Phyllis) Mills of Crossnore, NC and their children, Stephen (Alice) Mills of San Diego, CA, David (Tamara) Mills of Niskayuna, NY and Rachel (Michael) Owen of Raleigh, NC; 7 grandnieces, 8 grandnephews, and 1 great grandnephew.

Visitation: Friends may call on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at First Christian Church, 5929 Old St. Louis Rd., Belleville, IL. Funeral Service Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the church with interment to follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory with military honors. Memorials are appreciated to First Christian Church or Hospice of Southern IL.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Chris Niemann

March 1, 2013

I had the pleasure of being in one of Dick's classes in 1958-59. I seem to remember a certain classmate of mine who was also in one of Dick's classes. He encouraged questions from his students. Unfortunately, the question she asked led to her having to drop his class. She said, "I don't understand those protons. Could you explain them to me better, Hon?" He turned beet red, because he was to marry this girl and he and JoAnn had a very fulfilling marriage. So many memories. Long live Dick Mills!
Chris Niemann

Stephen Mills

March 1, 2013

Dear JoAnn and Family,
Uncle Richard will be greatly missed. Although we can't be there in person, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love, Stephen, Alice and Christopher Mills


February 28, 2013


Doug Abel

February 27, 2013

JoAnn and Family. On behalf of the entire Abel Family (Janet Lepere) I wanted to express our deepest sympathies and love towards you and your family. He was the reason that I (Doug Abel) made it thru semisters of Chemistry class at BAC College, back in the early 1990's. He taught the class how to make gun powder, and several other cool things!! But most of all, I will always remember his smile!! I also remember all the times you girls would get together with my mom for craft club at the house. That was also a very festive time. Richard will truly be missed, but never forgotten!! -Doug Abel

February 27, 2013

Kathy and Rob,

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our prayers are with you.

Marilyn and Mike Venhaus and family

Mary Catherine Komora

February 27, 2013

I want to extend my sympathies to you and your family. You all are in my prayers.

February 26, 2013

Jo Ann and family,
We have so many fond memories of Richard. We remember him with love and appreciation for his dedication to our church and deep passion for Christ. His special smile and spirit of kindness will always be treasured. May God comfort each one of you and bring strength in the days ahead. Your good and faithful servant has truly earned his reward.
Love, Max and Nancy Hodges

February 26, 2013

Rob and Kathy,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you and give you comfort.
Joyce & Roger

February 26, 2013

Dear Richard Mills Family,
In your sorrow, may you find peace and comfort in knowing that Richard's kind, generous spirit will continue to live with everyone who knew him.
You are in our prayers.

Fred and Sharon Harms

Cathy Mitchell King

February 26, 2013

Rob and Kathy

Please accept our deepest regrets on the passing of your Father. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are extend to you and your family.

Condolences, Todd and Cathy (Mitchell) King