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Walter Toews


Walter S. “Spank” Mills

December 31, 1944 – July 31, 2009

Walter S. “Spank” Mills, Perry, Oklahoma, was born in Enid, Oklahoma, on December 31, 1944. He was the son of Henry J. and Oletha (Young) Toews. He died at 10:52 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 56.

A resident of the Perry community since he was six years old, Mills was a graduate of Perry High School. He served in the Oklahoma National Guard from 1963-1967.

He and Marilyn M. Betchan were married in Perry on February 25, 1972.

Mills was a recent retiree from The Charles Machine Works, Inc., where he was employed as a parts manual coordinator. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Lucien and enjoyed bowling.

In addition to his wife, Marilyn, of the home, survivors are one daughter and son-in-law, Angel and Dean Moore, White Hall, Arkansas; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Warren W. and Tessa Mills and Terry Mills, all of Perry, Oklahoma; his father, Henry J. Toews, Perry, Oklahoma; one sister, Vera Ives, Wichita, Kansas; three grandchildren, Austin and Anthony Moore and Gage Mills; his mother-in-law, Nadine Betchan, Perry, Oklahoma; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Don and Karen Betchan and Jack and Connie Betchan, all of Perry, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Oletha, in 1994 and one granddaughter, Sierra Mills, in 1992.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Lucien. Rev. C. M. Wilson, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Morris Heights Cemetery at Orlando, Oklahoma, under direction of Brown-Sisson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Lucien.