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Orville E. Mills

Orville E. Mills, 92, Bandon, died Sept. 27, 1999, at Harmony Estates in Bandon.

He was born Nov. 26, 1906, on the homestead of his family.

He worked on various ranches and helped his father run cattle and break horses.

He was educated at Big Piney, Wyo. He trained as a mechanic in Los Angeles, Calif. He returned to Sublette County, Wyo., and worked in the road department for three years.

He spent a year in Alaska and then joined the Navy in January 1942. He was stationed at San Diego, Calif., Sitka, Alaska and was discharged at Farragut, Idaho in May 1945.

Throughout his life, he worked as a mechanic in California, Arizona and Oregon. He travelled all over the United States, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. He also took cruises.

He retired to the Rogue River, Brookings and Gold Beach.

He was a member of the Brookings Senior Center, the Gold Beach Senior Center and he was lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors are daughter Doratha Mae Mills; sister Katherine Shibler and her family; step-daughters Rose, JoAnn, Mary and Lois and their families.

Also surviving are six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his first wife Doratha Rachel Knott Mills, daughter Marjorie Ann Mills, second wife Eleanor Meservey Lowery Mills and two sisters.

He was cremated and will be returned to Big Piney, Wyo., to be buried in the Plainview Cemetery on July 2.

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