SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. - Dr. Kenneth H. Mills, age 71, of N6 160 Kapur Road, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., passed away peacefully Saturday, July 4, 2009, at his home. Ken was born Feb. 27, 1938, in Merrifield, Minn., son of the late Harlem and Amelia (Muenchow) Mills. He was united in marriage to the former Darlene Hanson on June 17, 1961, in Brainerd, Minn. Ken was a very community-minded person. He enjoyed being involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Patient Advocacy Committee at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic. He was a very active member of his parish, St. Dominic Catholic Church, of which he served on the parish council. Graduate of Brainerd High School and Central Lakes College and received his doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota. He retired from South Central College in Mankato, Minn., serving as its president. He also worked in administration at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wis., and Wausau College. Ken wrote 10 textbooks on marketing and recently published his book "Person-Shine." Ken believed each of us can make a positive difference in brightening others lives, one person at a time, one act at a time, and one day at a time. Dr. Mills was a motivational speaker, mentor and consultant. His signature behavior was believing in the immense value of each person. His passion is to touch the heartstrings of individuals in all walks of life. He believed and practiced the philosophy regardless the situation or its seriousness. There is always a way to be positive.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 48 years, Darlene; son, Ken John (Darlene) Mills, of Streamwood, Ill., and their children, Hannah and Sarah; daughter, Mary (Jim) Theodoroff, of Sheboygan, and their children, Alex, Christina, and Paul; son, Mark (Jennifer) Mills, of Lake Mary, Fla., and their kids Madeline, Tyler, Emily and Hunter. Ken is further survived by a sister, Peggy (Bob) Anderson, of Motley, Minn.; and a brother-in-law, Duane (Marion) Hanson, of Spicer, Minn.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Vernon Mills; an infant sister, Darlene; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ted and Vi Hanson.
The family will receive visitors at the Novak Ramm-Ziegler 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, Wis., on Friday, July 10, from 4-9 p.m. A parish wake service will be held at 7 p.m. with an opportunity for friends to share some of their treasured memories. Visitation will continue on Saturday, July 11, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 2113 N. 22 St., Sheboygan, Wis. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. John Radetski officiating.
A memorial fund has been established in Ken's name for the Aurora Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.
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