Dr. Stanley D. Mills – Services 10/21/23

Dr. Stanley D. Mills met his Savior on Monday, October 9, 2023. Funeral Services will be held at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo, Illinois, on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Aledo Cemetery. A memorial service will be at Reins-Sturdivant in North Carolina on November 18, 2023, beginning at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Samaritan’s Purse: P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. Online condolences can be given at www.rsfh.net or www.speerfuneralhome.com.

He was the 3rd son of Martin L. and Gazelle E. (LaBounty) Mills, born in Des Moines, IA, on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1933. The family moved to Joy, IL, in 1942. He graduated from Joy High School in 1951. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of 55 years. 

Dr. Stan received his medical degrees from the University of Iowa and fulfilled his military duty with the Coast Guard serving Havasu Tribe in the Grand Canyon. He started practicing surgery with Dr. Lawson Tate in Banner Elk, NC, until 1974. The family moved to Worthington, MN. In 1986, they moved to Haiti for 3 years, then to Tahlequah, OK, for 2 years. In 1991 the family moved back to Crossnore, NC, to work with Dr. Bill Tate until Dr. Stan’s retirement in 1999.

After retiring from practice, Dr. Stan traveled with Samaritan’s Purse to many mission hospitals including Afghanistan, Papau New Guinea, Kenya, and Ecuador. He was an Elder for Frank Presbyterian Church in Newland, NC. He enjoyed his many hobbies after retirement: woodworking, photography, and astronomy, but what he enjoyed the most was Barbershop singing in choruses and quartets.

He is leaving behind three children: Stephen (Alice), David (Tammy), and Rachel (Mike); eight grandchildren: Katarina, Maddie, Marty, Corinne, Christopher, Katie, Parker, and Wiley; and a brother: Harold (Shirley) Mills.

Preceding him in death were his parents and an older brother, Richard, and his wife, JoAnn.