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In Memoriam: John Wills

John Wills, a resident of Mill City since 1954, died at his home on May 5. He was born in Oregon, and after returning home from service in Korea married Cleta. They were married for 60 years until her death.

His work included owning and operating Wills Brothers Shingle Co., and the Mill City Radio Shack. He was also the maintenance supervisor at Young and Morgan until he retired.

He was active in his community as  a city councilor and as Mill City mayor.

When he wasn’t working, he loved to hunt and fish and in later years greatly enjoyed being part of the  Salem Chapter of the Northwest Steelheaders Association.

John is survived by his three daughters, Diane, Natalie and Christy; and three grandsons. No services are planned as per his wishes. Donations may be made to the Mill City Historical Society.

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