Howard D. Mills

March 17, 1948 ‒ July 17, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Howard D. Mills, age 68, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Sunday morning, July 17, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born March 17, 1948 in Mount Vernon to the late Lester and Evelyn (Spearman) Mills.

Howard was a retired Firefighter for the City of Mount Vernon with 28 years of service. He honorably served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War where he earned the rank of Sargent. Howard was a member of the Liberty Chapel United Methodist Church near Mount Vernon. He trained and raced standard bred horses for many years and was past President of the Knox County Harness Horseman’s Association. For 15 years, Howard was the director of the Knox County Fair Board. He loved to fish, hunt and go to horse races.

Howard is survived by his wife, Linda (Griffith) Mills, whom he married on July 4, 1998; sons, Matthew Mills of Mount Vernon and Curtis Mills of Mount Vernon; step sons, Michael (Jenny) Conkle of Findlay and Gregory (Dina) Conkle of Arcadia, Florida; brother, Carroll (Phyllis) Mills of Mount Vernon; sister, Virginia (Larry) Facemeyer of Mount Vernon; mother-in-law, Pauline Griffith of Mount Vernon; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

In following with Howard’s wish, there will not be any public services. A private family service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in Howard’s memory.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting,

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Howard D. Mills.

  • So sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. I was a fellow classmate in the Mount Vernon High School class of 1966. I’m sending my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

    • i am so sorry to hear of howards death, i graduated in 65 so remember him somewhat but didnt keep up with all he had accomplished in his prayers go out to all his family

  • I worked with Howard at the MVFD for many years…. What a great guy. Smart, funny, full of orneriness and he had some great stories…. He was Always ready to help out his family and friends…. Howard, you will be missed! Blessings to all….

  • Dear Carroll, Linda, and Howard’s family,

    I am so saddened to hear of Howard’s death, but am uplifted by the memories I had of him growing up “just around the corner” from the Mills farm. We sgared many hours riding horses at the county 4-H events, showing horses throughout Ohio, and just enjoying our horses.. He was always quick with a warm smile and ready laugh, a helping hand, and a kind word. I was always impressed by his soft-spoken, gentle manner, the impeccable way he cared for his horses, his honesty, and like many farm kids, his outstanding work ethic. I was proud to have called him my friend, so many, many years ago. My prayers are with all of you. I hope his passing was a easy one.

  • Linda and family: I am so very sorry to read of Howard’s passing . . .My thoughts and prayers will be with you and Misty, and the family.

  • Carrol, Virginia, Linda & family. I am very sorry to hear of Howards passing and your loss. Your are in my prayers. Linda & family a little history. I went all 12 years of school through graduation with Howard & also road the 29 mile school bus route with him, Carrol & Virginia. We had some fun and COLD times on that bus. I have not seen Howard in many, many years. It is always sad to hear of the passing of one of your friends and school mates. Thinking and praying for you and yours, Steve.

  • Thursday, 7/23/16, we just found out of Howard’s passing. So very sorry to hear it. So glad we came to know Howard and Linda. We bought their New Delaware Road house on August, 2001. What a joy it was for us to move there. What a joy it was for Howard and Linda to get to build a new place, where they could have their horses. Thanks to Howard and Linda, we enjoyed a wonderful life on New Delaware Road. We decided to relocated to Parkersburg, WV., in July, 2014.