Philip Mills

Philip D. Mills

2022

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Obituary of Philip D. Mills

MILLS - Phillip D.

Proud veteran of the
U.S. Marine Corps,
sadly passed away on
June 30th 2022. He
was surrounded by his
loving family as he
surrendered peacefully
into our Lord’s arms. Son of the late
Kenneth and Melda Mills; and
stepmother Dolores; he was born on
the 14th of August 1942 in Riddlesburg,
PA, and later grew-up in the Riverside/
Blackrock neighborhood of Buffalo, NY.
Before enlisting in the Marine Corps, he
attended Riverside High School where
he ran Cross Country and competed in
the Golden Gloves as an amateur
boxer. At the age of 17, Philip enlisted
in the U.S.M.C. He valued this service
highly and attained the rank of Lance
Corporal as a Combat Engineer in the
2nd Marine Division. He was proud of
his time serving and cherished telling
his loved ones about his time abroad.
After retiring from Dunlop Tire Co.
where he worked for over 30 years, and
as Steward for the Local #135 URW.,
Philip began his second journey serving
the U.S. Marine Corps and its Conrad
F. Kania Detachment #230. Ever the
proud marine, he was instrumental in
the establishment and construction of
the Marine Corps Memorial Monument
in North Tonawanda, where he spent
countless hours on the maintenance
and services held there. For many
years he would capture and embody
the spirit of Christmas, playing Santa
Claus for the Toys for Tots; always
giving that little extra wink for the many
children. Besides his love and
commitment to The Marines, he was an
avid outdoorsman, spending many
hours in the woods, fields and lakes
enjoying hunting and fishing. Especially
with his wife and “first mate” Jean,
fishing for that big one. Philip was a
loving husband, brother, father, and
grandfather. He is survived by his best
friend and loving wife of 57 years, Jean;
sons, Philip and Tina (Cowles), Daniel
and Oriana (Melee), Michael, and
Steven; grandchildren, Hunter, Sarah,
Talon, Jaeger; and great-grandson,
Easton. His brother, Dennis, his wife
Sharo; and many nephews, nieces,
cousins, and loving friends. He is
predeceased by brothers, Kenneth,
Richard, and Robert, who are awaiting
him at Heaven’s Gate. Semper Fidelis,
Marine. You will never be forgotten and
always loved. No prior visitation. A
military burial will be held on Thursday
(July 14th) at 1 PM at the Western NY
National Cemetery, 1254 Indian Falls
Rd., Corfu. Please meet at the cemetery
entrance. Arrangements by LOMBARDO
FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns
Chapel).