John Norwood Mills

April 18, 1930March 9, 2019

John Norwood Mills, age 88, of Dansville, Michigan passed away on Saturday March 9, 2019. John was born April 18, 1930 in Lansing MI to Harold and Frieda IO (Gaylord) Mills. Norwood was an Eastern High School graduate in1948. He also graduated from Michigan State University with a Business Management Degree. Before graduating from high school, Norwood's parents bought a farm in White Oak Township. This led to Norwood's life long farming career. He was a life time member of the NFO (National Farmers Organization). He owned and operated several car washes and an ice business with his partners, good friend Erdman Lipstraw and brother Norman Mills. Together they formed L and M Enterprises. Besides his love for farming, he also enjoyed 1940's big band brass music, photography, and socializing. He enjoyed talking and remembering old times during his monthly meeting of the "old farts" club. He also had a great memory and could remember all kinds of dates and names. Family was very important to Norwood. He loved spending time with them and had a great sense of humor. Right up to his final days, Norwood had a smile on his face. Services will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Gorsline Runciman Williamston Chapel, 205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI 48895 at 11:00 a.m. with a 1 hour prior visitation. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery after the service. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to a local music program or a charity of your choice.


  • Duane Walker
  • Joe Walker
  • Dan Minnis
  • Steve Martin
  • Aaron Dickinson
  • Larry Minnis

  • Local Music Program or a Charity of Choice


  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Sarah Speirs

March 14, 2019

It was an honor to care for Norwood during his last days. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. God Bless.
~ Sarah, RN with Grace Hospice

Vanessa Morrison

March 12, 2019

Dear Family and Friends of John N. Mills:
Thank you for the privilege and honor of being part of his life and care.
We are praying for comfort and peace for all of you during this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,
Vanessa Morrison- Grace Hospice Branch Director

Jennifer Stauffer

March 10, 2019

I will never forget Norwood. He was such a kind and gentle man. He was a blessing and wonderful companion to my mother, Janenne Grinnell. Norwood helped mom around her house, made her days brighter and helped ease the loss of my father. I will always remember Norwood's contagious laugh and smile. My condolences to Aaron and Norwood's other family members and friends.