Dale Mills, 96 of Sundance, Wyoming, went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ, Wednesday, November 27, 2013, from his home on the family ranch at 1313 State Highway 116, Sundance.
Dale Mills was born March 29, 1917, in Sterling Colorado, to Ralph E. and Laura J. Mills.
When Dale was three weeks old the family arrived by immigrant car, to the area south of Gillette, currently known as the Highlight area. As a child Dale attended the Lawver School and kept busy on the family homestead with daily chores helping with the raising of sheep, fencing, farming and general ranch work. As he got older, he and his brother Ralph developed a talent for horses, which landed them a job at the Keeline Ranch breaking and riding horses.
Dad loved telling the story of courting “The Love of His Life” Edith M. Broyles. They were united in marriage on March 11, 1939; Edith’s family homestead was to the north of the Mills.
Dale and Edith raised and herded sheep, living in a sheep wagon their first year of marriage, they then moved into a two room home working with Dale’s father and brothers ranching, raising sheep, and eight children.
The spring of 1957 the family moved to the ranch east of Gillette and lived there for sixteen years. In 1974 Dale saw his dreams come true when he and Edith bought the ranch south of Sundance, at the foot of the beautiful Inyan Kara Mountain. Dale became quite proficient in the area of horse breeding, raising an American Quarter Horse with savvy, conformation and athletic ability, this gave him great pride.
Dale was also a generous man. If he heard of a 4-H kid needing a horse, they didn’t need for long, as he was there to the rescue.
As the folks got older they wintered in El Centro, California with lifelong friends, Earl and Mildred Boller.
Dale is survived by his seven children; Alyce, Audrye, Alda, Ellory, Allen, Sam and Star, three son-in-laws; Bob Eskew, Leonard Morrison and Mark Ward, three daughter-in-laws; Kim, Cricket, and Lisa Mills, twenty-one grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Doris Mills.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith M. Mills in the spring of 2008, by his parents, all of his siblings, daughter, Anitta Smelser, two daughter-in-laws, Kay and Debbie, son-in-law, Lance Browen and two grandchildren, Patrick and Crimson.
The honorary pallbearers’ will be comprised of Dale’s grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at the Old Sundance High School Gymnasium at 4th and Cleveland Streets in Sundance, inurnment will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, where Dad and Mom are being buried together. A reception will follow at the community room of the court house basement.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Old Stoney Memorial in memory of Dale, and sent to Sundance State Bank, P.O. Box 950, Sundance, WY 82729.
Dale’s family would like to thank the CattleWomen’s Association for the reception and Brian Mills and Steve Langer for officiating.
Dale Mills, “96 years rancher, loved wife, family and cherry pie alamode!”
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance, WY.
Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com