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Ted V. Mills

Posted July 08, 2014 in Obituaries, Grimes

July 27, 1919 – July 5, 2014

Ted Mills

Ted Mills

Ted V. Mills, formerly of Grimes, Iowa, died Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Hunterdon Care Center in Raritan Township just prior to his 95th birthday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, at First Presbyterian Church in Grimes, IA, where the family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service time on Thursday. Burial will follow at Sunny Hill Cemetery, in Grimes.

Born July 27, 1919 in Grimes, Iowa, Ted was the son of the late William B. and Mona (Coburn) Mills. He lived most of his life in the Grimes and West Des Moines area, before moving to New Jersey in 1983.

Ted joined the United States Army in 1942 and served during World War II in Indonesia, India and Burma, helping to install pipelines there for the efforts of the US Air Force. After returning from the war, he worked for, and retired from, Standard Oil Company in Clive, Iowa, as a Terminal Operator. He was a member of the American Legion Post #577 in Grimes, Iowa. In New Jersey, he was a member of the Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church in Ringoes, and a member of the East Amwell Senior Citizens Club.

After retirement, Ted traveled extensively throughout the United States, making many trips to Canada’s Hudson Bay and the American Southwest. With a love of nature, Ted was an avid photographer, taking many photographs of the world that surrounded him. He submitted and had published some of his proudest pictures to various nature magazines; particularly, photographs of polar bears making their annual trek in Hudson Bay.

In addition to his parents, Ted was predeceased by his wife, Frances (Mayer) Mills in 1984; and five of his siblings, three sisters, Ila Robinson, Mernita McDonald and Janice Armstrong; and two brothers, Kenneth Mills and Billy Mills.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Roger DeLay, with whom he lived in East Amwell Township, NJ; two granddaughters, Michelle Hiscox of Oxford, MI and Melissa Hays and her husband Matthew of Raeford, NC; two great-grandsons, Brandon and Trevor Hiscox; and one sister, Carolyn Roth of Grimes, IA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ted’s memory may be made to the Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church, 37 John Ringo Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551 or to the Hunterdon Care Center, 1 Leisure Court, Flemington, NJ 08822.

In addition to the services in Iowa, A memorial service celebrating Ted’s life is being planned for a later date at Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church in Ringoes, NJ. Arrangements there will be under the direction of Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822. Please visit for further information or to leave an online condolence.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Brandt Dallas Center Chapel
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA 50063

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