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Updated: 11/02/2013 08:00:02AM

John E. Mills

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John E. Mills, 96, of Venice, Fla., and formerly of North Port, Fla., passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.

He was born Oct. 13, 1917, in Shelton, Conn., and moved to this area 40 years ago from Shelton.

Mr. Mills was a retired Police Officer with the Shelton Police Department. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in North Port, and served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his daughters, Jacqueline (Karl) Krebs of North Little Rock, Ark., Beverly Brown of Boca Raton, Fla., and Susan Bucher of Ormond Beach, Fla.; son, John (Suzan) Mills of North Port; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 77 years, Dorothy.

A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced at Trinity United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, Fla.

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