Edwin Mills

Edwin Mills

Monday, July 5th, 1948 Saturday, July 4th, 2020

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Obituary for Edwin Whitlock Mills Jr.

A gathering to celebrate the life of Edwin Whitlock Mills, Jr., 72, of Kirtland, will be held from 4-8 PM on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, 4154 Clark Avenue, Willoughby.

Social distancing protocols will be enforced, so you may encounter a wait to enter the funeral home, and masks will be required.

Mr. Mills passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at his home in Kirtland.

Born July 5, 1948 in Painesville, he was a lifelong Kirtland resident.

Mr. Mills taught physical and outdoor education for five decades. His greatest love for teaching was at The Red Oak Camp in Kirtland, where he taught children to appreciate and value the outdoors, through fire building, games and especially music.

His love for music created many long and lasting relationships, which created a community of people who will carry his song forward.

Survivors are his wife of 20 years, Pamela (Nettleton) Mills; son, Zak Mills (fiancé, Jessica Simpson) and daughter, Lindsey (Chris) Robison; grandchildren, Zachary and Lily Robison; brother, Jeff (Terry) Mills; nieces, Julie (Dan) Schrickel and Kyle (Kent) Manson; great nieces and nephews, Gavin, Reagan, Elle and Emery. He also leaves Pamela’s children, Vanessa Eliason, Matthew Rockower, Marilyn Jarc, Serena Rockower, Benjamin Rockower, Ashlyn Rockower, Jordan Rockower and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Whitlock, Sr. and Lorraine Ruth (Brown) Mills.

The family is planning to hold a celebration of his life in the near future. For additional information or to confirm that you wish to attend, please e-mail Lindsey at

Private family interment will be in South Kirtland Cemetery.

The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the team at Grace Hospice of Mentor for their extraordinary compassion and professional service.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland, OH 44094 or for renovations at Pop’s Shelter.

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    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, Inc.
    4154 Clark Avenue
    Willoughby, OH
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    Thursday, July 9th, 2020
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Social distancing protocols will be enforced, so you may encounter a wait to enter the funeral home, and masks will be required.

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James Bingham (Bing)

Ed you were my soccer coach, youth leader in church and most of all my friend. Without you there wouldn’t have been a soccer team in Kirtland. Thank you for all the fun times camping in the hogtie hut . And all the laughter with your wacky stories and jokes. You will be missed by so many people .
Comment | Posted at 06:07pm via Condolence

Stephanie Cootsona

I have to credit Mr. Mills for making Phys Ed the absolute best class, every year at Phillips. Who can forget fencing, the always hilarious obstacle course, and field day. He made me feel like an athlete. I still run today because of teachers and coaches like him. My sympathies to his family and friends for their loss of such a spirited man. - Stephanie (Horsfall) Cootsona
Comment | Posted at 08:11pm via Condolence

Art Little

Rarely does a week go by that I don’t repeat a quote from him in my head. One of the regulars is about the “McDonald’s Generation” and wanting to have everything “our way.” He was truly inspirational in a way that adolescents could not truly appreciate, but as a parent I can.
Comment | Posted at 10:51pm via Condolence

Pam Richmann

I worked with Ed for many years at Phillips. He was the inspiration for the camp program as well as many other innovations, including Field Day. He saw humor in everything. He loved nature and shared that love with hundreds of kids at school and at Red Oak. His musical talent followed him throughout his life as he played with many groups at many venues. He will be greatly missed! My sympathies to his family.
Comment | Posted at 07:58pm via Condolence

sean McCarter

I knew Ed as a gym teacher, coach and after school activities coordinator at Phillips School '78-82. He did so many things at the School, and I am sure was on many a day the first to arrive and the last to leave. One of the things that I always thought was best, he instituted canoe club in the Spring. It was a great activity, that was co-ed, and did not require any real athletic ability to be proficient. It was fun and well received. I still paddle now and use skills I learned then. I wish schools had more activities like that.

Ed was a good guy.

Sean McCarter
Comment | Posted at 03:14pm via Condolence

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