West Hill Cemetery
Daniel Ervin Mills
SHERMAN - Daniel Ervin Mills, 76, of Sherman passed away
on Jan. 17, 2010 at his residence in Sherman. A private family service
will be held at the West Hill Cemetery.
He was born on Dec. 22, 1933 the son of Daniel Richard and Loveta
Dan lived most of his young life in Childress, graduating from Childress
High School in May 1952. He served in the Army from September 1952 until
September l955. He trained at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Then served in Korea
and was there when the conflict ended. He was then assigned to the Atlanta
Depot in Atlanta, Ga. for the remainder of his tour.
Dan met Gale Blair from Cee Vee in May 1956. They were married on
Aug. 29, 1959 in Gardena, Calif., and lived in Richmond, Calif. for a year,
then returned to the southland to live 11 years in Oxnard, Calif. While
there he attended Ventura College. They were married for more than 50 years.
He and his family returned to Texas in August 1971 where he worked
as a scientist for J&J in Sherman for 17 years before retiring in May
Building was his hobby. He designed a house that he, Gale and the
children built in the Bells community where they lived for almost 20 years.
He enjoyed traveling and over the years, he and his wife and children
and sometimes grandchildren traveled in 48 states, Canada and Mexico.
Dan was a Boy Scout in Childress and introduced his sons to Cub
Scouts while in Oxnard, Calif. He continued scouting in Sherman as a Cub
Master of Crutchfield Pack 13 and Scout Master of Troop 14. The boys never
missed a monthly campout and every summer he attended Camp Grayson for
a week with his troop. He and his assistants, Mark Stubber and Homer Phelps,
also took a group to Philmont, N.M. one summer.
A special thanks to Heart to Heart Hospice. Also, Cindy Clark, Nancy
Woods, Darcel Brown and all other nurses, aides, therapists and doctors
for the excellent care that was given Dan so he could remain at home with
We are grateful for the love shown by our sons and grandchildren
while caring for him. Danny came each week on his day off work and Eric
stayed and helped almost two years while attending college. Marty helped
daily for five years. Emily, Calvin and Daren helped as needed.
He is survived by his wife, Gale Mills of Sherman; sons, Daniel
Eugene Mills and wife Sheryl of Savoy, Marty Mills of Sherman and Daren
Glenn Mills and wife Lori of Bells; grandchildren, Daniel Calvin, Eric,
Emily, Seth, Alexus, Ava and Addison; great-grandchild Daniel Alexander;
sisters, Cloveta Royall of Novata, Calif. and Rosemary Ball of Firebaugh,
Calif.; brother, Bobby Mills of San Pablo, Calif. Dan is also survived
by his mother-in-law, Lorene Blair of Sherman; brother-in-law, David Blair
of Sherman; brother-in-law, Carl Blair of Cottonwood, Calif. and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, brother John Mills, father-in-law,
Mack Blair and brother-in-law Jimmy Blair.
Family night will be held from 6 -8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 at
Waldo Funeral Home.
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