Lloyd Gary Mills
1942 – 2016
Lloyd "Gary" Mills, 74, passed away in his home north of Big Trails on Monday morning August 1, 2016 with his wife at his side. A very determined man, he persevered for many years with lung and heart illnesses
Gary was born July 21, 1942 the fourth child of Mildred Louise (Hinds) and Roy Cecil Mills. For the first six years his family lived on the Dry Farm Homestead, then moved to the foot of the mountain at Big Trails where the R.M. Ranch made their main home.
Gary began his schooling at the Greet School, then at the Big Trails School. Gary began his freshman year at Ten Sleep High School, then graduated in 1960. He then attended Casper Junior College studying auto mechanics, body working, and machine working. Gary really enjoyed the machine classes and became quite good on the metal lathe.
Gary came back to the ranch where he put his knowledge to work. He and his brother Ped, both perfectionists, built several pieces of farm equipment to help make farming and ranching easier.
In June 1967 Gary married Donna Jean Allen and just his past June 30th they celebrated 49 years of working together. In 1983 Gary and Donna branched out and purchased the adjoining ranch which they called G & D Livestock. Together they raised Angus cattle, hogs, dogs and chickens – but Gary said the chickens were Donna's project. Gary really enjoyed farming and even on the day before his passing he swathed a small field of hay.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Mildred; by his two sisters Delores (Leland) Brown and Joan Coil Allen; by his two brothers Donald Roy "Ped" Mills and Bobby Arden Mills; and by his nephew Bob Brown and his niece Cheryl Brown Belding.
Gary is survived by his wife Donna and their two dogs Kay and Spook; by his nephew Roger (Charlotte) Brown of Cut Off, LA; by his great nieces Gin and Mandi Belding of Sheridan, WY, Celest Pierce, Kelly Brown and Justin Brown; and a dozen great grandnieces and great grand nephews.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 5th, at 11:00 AM at the Ten Sleep Methodist church. His ashes will be scattered later on the Dry Farm Homestead.
Memorials may be made to the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch in Billings, MT in care of Veile Mortuary – P. O. Box 349 – Worland, WY 82401-0349