Jesse James Mills, 90, 305 Penn St., Huntingdon, died Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at UPMC Altoona, Altoona.

Born Dec. 12, 1932, in Crooked Creek, Smithfield Township, he was the son of Carl and Kate (Gagermeier) Mills. He married Nancy E. Dell in Huntingdon. She survives at their home.

Along with his wife, he is survived by children, Theresa A. Mills, Huntingdon, Michael F. Mills, Harrisburg, John A. Mills and wife, Doreen, Alexandria, Amy E. Brant and companion, Titus Bender, Belleville, Lori A. Mills, Huntingdon, Mark A. Mills and wife, Margaret, Kistler, Katie L. Mills, Huntingdon, and Jessica E. Mills and husband, Solomon Beck, Alexandria; grandchildren, Amanda Reahm, Alan Brant, Emily Shaffer, Erin Mills, Rebecca Mills, Joshua Mills and Noah Brummet; and seven great-grandchildren.

The last surviving member of his immediate family, he was preceded in death by a son, Luke Andrew James Mills, and by siblings, Mary A. (Mills) Brenneman, Betty J. Mills and John P. Mills.

He was a lifetime member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Huntingdon.

Mr. Mills was a 1950 graduate of Huntingdon High School. He attended St. Vincent College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Shippensburg University, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He started his teaching career at Woodcock Valley Elementary, Jackson-Miller Elementary and the Huntingdon Area Middle School. He retired in 1987.

He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in France.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Huntingdon, with the Rev. Father Mark Reid, celebrant. Committal will be made in Holy Cross Cemetery, Huntingdon.

Friends may call at the Robert E. Peters Funeral Home, Huntingdon, after 7 p.m. Friday, May 26.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 524 Mifflin St., Huntingdon, PA 16652 or Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 Schoolhouse Hollow Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

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Tom Forr

Jesse was a a big man with a big heart. I always enjoyed seeing and talking to him when I visited Huntingdon. He leaves quite a legacy and will be missed.

RWS Associates, LLC

Our sincere sympathy and condolences to the family.

Richard and Linda Scialabba and family.