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Michael Alan Mills

Michael Alan Mills, 65, of Springfield, formerly of Havana, passed away at his home at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 14. He was born June 18, 1956, in Canton to James A. and Mary Ann (Cluney) Mills. He married his former spouse, Cathy Leezer, on February 14, 1979, and she survives. Mr. Mills is survived by one daughter, Liz (Lance) Dinardo, of Auburn; step-son, John (Kes) Yocum, of Killeen, Texas; two grandchildren: Sicily and Lucca Dinardo; sister, Jamie (Jim) Gable of Adams, Wisconsin; and brother-in-law, Bob Whitehurst, of Springfield. Also surviving are aunts: Cindy Case and Joann Mills; uncles, Gilbert (Linda) Mills, and Kenny Mills, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jimmie Mills, and sister Linda Whitehurst. Mr. Mills had recently retired from Pepsi Co. after 30 years, where he had worked as a Route Salesman. He was an avid painter and writer, having authored a cookbook and a children’s book. He also loved antiquing. In his younger years, he had enjoyed bowling, drag racing, and playing in pool and dart leagues. He had attended services at Southern Baptist Church, in Havana. Graveside services were held at Laurel Hill Cemetery, in Havana, on Thursday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Sue Roat-Hall  officiated. Memorial contribution may be made to Spoon River College Foundation. Online memorial messages may be left for the family at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements.

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