Samuel Reuben Mills passed away peacefully on May 18, 2018 in Winnipeg. He will be lovingly remembered by son Alan (Sherrel) of Hendersonville, North Carolina; daughter Vivian (Arnar) Palsson of Winnipeg, Man.; grandchildren Tyler (Jackie) Mills of Regina, Kari (Tim) Ferozedin of Regina, Jordan (Raelynne) Mills of Wilcox, Sask., and their mother Merle Tuplin of Regina; Brady (Jennifer) Palsson of Petersfield, Man., Janaya Palsson of Winnipeg; great grandchildren Treyton and Kruz Ferozedin; Aubrey, Brjnn and Laughlin Palsson; sister Isabelle Mills; sisters-in-law Eva McLean, Sophie McLean and Jean Willey; as well as nieces and nephews who were all loved whenever they visited; the farm was a special place for all of them.
Reuben was predeceased by his wife Iris; infant daughter Edith; son Byron (aka David Emerson); parents Sam and Bella Mills; parents-in-law Rufe and Grace McLean; sisters Agnes (Les) Groome and Ivy (Allan and Robert) Smith; brothers-in-law Murray (Caroline), Dean and Rufe McLean, Ian Willey; sisters-in-law Viola (Jack Gartner and Russell) Powell, Mavis Heath and Doreen (Grant) Shaw.
Born November 24, 1926 on the farm at Fleming, Sask., Reuben became a full-time farmer after attending the local Fairfield School. He enjoyed farm life and continued learning and advancing with new equipment and practices. Despite the demands of a busy mixed farm, Reuben was actively involved in several organizations in the community: United Churches in Fleming and Moosomin, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, Borderland Co-op, NDP, National Farmers' Union, MOTOH Van, Seniors' Drop-in Centre, and more committees as the community needs became apparent. In many he served on the executive and filled the responsibility of chairperson. He loved the beauty of the Pipestone Valley which was home most of his life, fondly referred to as Sunnybank. He and Iris sold the farm in 1993 when they retired from rural life and moved to Moosomin. After Iris passed away on July 16, 2002, Reuben moved to Regina in 2006 and then relocated to Winnipeg in 2011 where he spent his final years. His humor, patience, and unconditional love will be missed.
Interment of ashes will be at Fleming Cemetery on Friday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a memorial service at Broadway United Church, 105 Broadway Ave., Regina at 3:30 p.m. Memories may be shared at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre's website, neilbardalinc.com.
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