Donald B. Mills

July 24, 1927July 19, 2013

Donald B. Mills, 85, of Evansville, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at St. Mary's Medical Center after a stroke. He was born July 24, 1927, in Owensboro, KY and grew up in Albion, IL.

From a young age, Donald had a passion for airplanes. He took flying lessons while still in high school. He enlisted in the Army-Air Corps in 1944. He served in World War II and stayed in the U.S. Air Force Reserves until 1963. Following World War II, he attended the University of Illinois on the G.I. Bill, majoring in political science. He became an engineer and draftsman, later working at Whirlpool Corporation in Evansville. From 1970 to 1987 he was director of operations at the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility. He also served in leadership positions with the American Water Works Association and taught drafting through an Ivy Tech program. Following retirement, he worked as a consultant on water and sewer projects in the Evansville area.

Donald, known to many as “Sam” loved golf, flying, boating and target shooting. With a friend he built a GN-1 Aircamper plane. He also read voraciously, everything from the history of aviation to fiberglass boat construction manuals to historical novels.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Helen Bennett Mills; and his brother, David C. Mills.

Donald is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Mills; son-in-law, Peter LoPilato; and grandchildren, Ben and Nora, all of Bloomington, IN.

Services will be 4:00 PM Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road, Evansville. Burial will be at a later date in Marion National Cemetery for veterans in Marion, IN. Friends may visit Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the funeral home.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, July 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Liz Keenan

February 14, 2014

Hi kathleen sorry to hear about your father x
I was wondering was he stationed with the US air corps in 1946 in Northern Ireland x

Barbie Schulz

July 24, 2013

I remember family get-togethers with Don ,his sweet Mom (Aunt Helen &Uncle Herb)and Dad in Albion. Great memories. Thinking about you, Kathleen Kathleen.

Judy Cebula

July 23, 2013

Kathleen, Peter, Ben and Nora, you are all in my thoughts this week, and prayers for peace for each of you in days and weeks that follow. Love to you.

MaryAnn Iadarola

July 23, 2013

Dear Kathleen, Peter, Ben & Nora,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that my thoughts are with you.
Love Aunt MaryAnn

July 23, 2013

Nothing Beautiful In This World Is Ever Really Lost Those We Cherish Will Always Live On in Memory.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Deaconess Home Medical Equipment and Infusion Staff

July 23, 2013

Kathleen and family, so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a quiet man but a good boss. I enjoyed working for him. Julie Shoptaugh