Murray Mills

Murray Mills

Saturday, September 17th, 1932 - Saturday, February 29th, 2020
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Murray Carter Mills, 87, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on February 29th, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Howard and Bernice Hadley Mills on September 17, 1932.

He graduated from Decatur Central High School in 1950, where he was a 3-sport athlete and a member of the band. Upon graduation, he followed 3 previous family generations to Earlham College. Murray was drafted in 1953 after his junior year and served 2 years in the Army. He returned to Earlham in the fall of ’55 and graduated in 1956. Upon graduation, Murray returned to Mills Brothers’ Farms. In the summer of 1957, Murray went to work at Olin’s Brass, in Parkersburg, WV with one of his best friends from college. Murray returned to the Farm in 1958. In the early 60’s Murray was tapped by Maplehurst Dairy, a Mills family business, to manage their newest acquisition, Gateway Foods a cornmeal mush and jello company. Murray returned to the Farm in 1965, where he worked alongside his father and his brother Morris. He worked over 40 years for the Mills Family businesses.

Murray was passionate about education and helping others. He served on several boards, including the Decatur Central School Board, Project Leadership Service, Adult and Child Health and the Marion County Farm Bureau. He was a lifelong member of Valley Mills Friends Meeting.

Murray courageously fought a heroic battle with Parkinson’s Disease for over 20 years. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sylvia (Baldwin) Mills, son, David Mills, daughter, Tracy Mills (Kent Julye), son, Andrew Mills (Pam); Buckeye his cat; grandsons: Maxwell Mills, Zachariah and Hadley Julye; brothers: Morris, Howard Jr., Amos and sister, Helen Sanders.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Services have been postponed again at this time due to the COVID-19. The family asks to please keep checking updated obituary and service information via our website for future date of visitation and services. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Jones Family Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Valley Mills Friends Meeting, 6739 Thompson Road, Indianapolis, IN 46241.

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    Jones Family Mortuary
    4165 E. Allison Road
    Mooresville, IN 46158
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  • Second Visitation

    Fairfield Friends Meeting
    10441 E. County Road 700 South
    Camby, IN 46113
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Betty Daniels

Posted at 11:49pm
I met Murray in 1986 while being director at his church before & after school program.
Murray was such an inspiration for those working with & who loved working with children.
He helped me succeed in the industry & was a big fan & always recognized my hard work.
He backed me, believed in me & allowed me to achieve success that I would never be able to achieve without him & The Valley Mills Friends Church.
For that I will be forever grateful.
Much prayers for Sylvia & his family during this heart breaking time.
Betty Daniels

Sandy White

Posted at 09:36pm
Sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Mills was a great man, we lived across the street from his farm on Mooresville, Road, we would visit with him all the time. My maiden name is White. I live in Louisiana now, I want to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

william crowe

Posted at 07:44pm
I'M VERY SORRY Murray had to go through what he did

Dr. G.W. Momtgomery

Posted at 10:43pm
Murray was the most principled man I have ever known. He was always ready to help those who needed it the most. He was a leader in integrating Decatur schools successfully. His life is an inspiration to all who knew him well. Your friendship will always be treasured.

Dr. G.W. Montgomery

Dr. G.W. Montgomery

Dubbie Hoffman Bucklerff

Posted at 10:22am
We have lost a dear lifelong friend to so many. Murray epitomized caring friendship, helpfulness, and servant leadership. He's been such a huge part of our lives; he was a delightful person who was always there, and therefore you believed he always would be there with his contagious smile and genuine concern for others. He will be dearly missed. Our heartfelt sympathy to all the family and wide circle of friends. -Dubbie Hoffman Buckler, Brian and Steve

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