Chester L. “Chet” Mills

September 07, 1921 ‒ October 08, 2006

LaRue, Ohio

Chester L. “Chet” Mills, age 85 of LaRue, died Sunday evening, October 8, 2006 at Marion General Hospital.

He was born on September 7, 1921 in Bucyrus to the late Jessie E. and Laura (Tracht) Mills. A graduate of Bucyrus High School, he was then drafted into the US Army a veteran of WW II. Chet served in the European Theater in the 862nd Aviation Engineers building and repairing aircraft runways. Originally from Columbus, he moved to LaRue in 1996 from Delaware.

For 37 years he worked as an over the road truck driver for Commercial Motor Freight operating mainly in Ohio. He also delivered buses for Grumman in Delaware and following retirement assisted in various capacities at the Marion County Raceway in LaRue.

He served as a volunteer fireman 25 years for the Clinton Twp, retiring as Captain. A member of American Legion Post 162and V.F. W. Post 7201 in Marion, he was a meticulous model builder, collecting over 200 models that he had built and crafted. He was most proud of his service in the US armed forces. Humble in nature, he was caring, but tough, true to his word, and always trying to do the right thing.

Survived by Sons: Gary (Joann) Mills of LaRue, Brian (Cathy) Mills of Galena, Daughters: Marti “Sis” (Tom) Mills-Power-Thompson of Columbus, Nancy (Jamie) O’Donnell of Texas, Grandchildren: Candi (Tod) Gray, Butch Mills, Michelle (Matt) Williams, Chad Power, Arika and Brianna Mills, Sean, Molly and Bonnie O’Donnell, and numerous Great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his wife of 54 years: Mildred K. “Millie” (Dugger) Mills in 1997, Brothers: Lloyd, Howard, Harold, Russell “Rut”, Sister Thelma Lynn, Nieces: Jeannie Davis and Dorothy Kyre.

Friends may call Wednesday 10-12 Noon at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St. (SR 36), Delaware, where services will follow at Noon, with Pastor Jeff Slider officiating, interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens, with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Assoc.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Disabled Veterans Association.

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