Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Richard Dale Mills, 90, of Jeromesville passed away Thursday, September 28, 2023 at Brookdale of Wooster.

He was born on August 16, 1933 to Frank and Frances (McConnell) Mills near Pattersonville, OH.  He graduated from Augusta High School in 1951.  He served two years in the United States Army with 18 months at Camp Fuji, Japan.  He graduated from Ohio State University in 1957 with a degree in agriculture education.  Richard taught vocational agriculture at Ansonia from 1958-1962, Parkway Rockford from 1963-1965 and Triway from 1965-1987. Many students received the state FFA degree awards and many also received the American Farmer degree awards. Three students served as state FFA Officers.

He was a member of the Ohio Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers, National Vocational Teachers.  He served two years as the treasurer of the Ohio Vocational Teachers Association.

Richard is survived by his children Kenneth (Lisa) Mills of Jacksonville, FL, Nina (Bill) Orem of Wooster, Glenn (Gaye) Mills of Celina and Rita (Donald) Gasser of Shreve; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister Phyllis (Paul) Knoebel of Clinton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Ruth VanMeter, John Mills, Ross Mills Sr., Carrie Wilson, Charles Mills and June Gascon.

Friends will be received Monday, October 2, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.

Private graveside service will be held with burial in Plain Lutheran Cemetery.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at


  1. Thank you for your service. Condolences to the family.

  2. Glenn,

    I saw our father’s obituary in the Carrollton newspaper so I thought I would leave a note to you and your family. Sounds as
    if your father lived a good, full life and helped influence young kids to become farmers or at least educate them in the field
    of agriculture. Teaching is one of the most noble professions. My father was a teacher as well. I still have people coming up
    to me and telling me stories about his teaching or coaching so many years ago. I am sure you will experience something
    similar with some of your father’s former students. My condolences to you and your family

    Dave Bright

  3. Taking care of Mr. Mills at Brookdale was a real privilege. I got to know him well even the first night filling out his questionnaire and was always rather fascinated by the farmer and the teacher.
    He would often be working on a puzzle or taking a walk and had such kind smile anytime I would see him we would always greet warmly.
    He was such a bright and kind gentleman and will be greatly missed.

  4. Sorry for your loss. I am glad to know the family and be taught by Richard.
    Please know your family is in our thoughts at this time.

  5. Nina and Family,
    I just read of the passing of your dad. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

  6. Nina and Family,

    I just learned of the passing of your father. My thoughts are of you and your family during this difficult time. If there is anything that Deborah and I can do please feel free to call on us.



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