LaVern C Mill, age 95, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL.
Vern was born in Joliet, IL, the only child of Clifford and Mary Jane (Boycott) Mill.
Vern proved to be a skilled mechanic and had fond memories of his first car, a used 1921 Model A. In 1944 Vern joined the Army Air Corp European Campaign. He married Rita Panozzo in Joliet in October 1951.
He retired as a supervisor with A O Smith in 1980, went to work for Helene Labs in Waco before again retiring in 1990 and moving back to Kankakee.
Vern was a charter member of the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department, serving as President of the Limestone Fire Department Directors. While at A O Smith, he served as Director of the Credit Union. Upon retirement, he and Rita joined the Red Cross Disaster Team, often assisting with disasters when needed. One of their most memorable assignments was in New York City helping with the 9/11 recovery on Kill’s Island. Vern was also a former member of Moose International, the Elks and the Quadrille Dance Club. He was an active member of the American Legion and the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy.
He enjoyed dancing, camping, hunting, fishing, reading, watching western movies, and above all, spending quality time with his family.
Vern is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Rita; sons Stanley (Glenda) Mill of McHenry IL, Steven (Linda) Mill of Kankakee IL; daughters Cynthia Mill (Bob Chambers) of Vergennes IL, Barbara (John) Dailey of New London WI; grandchildren Christina Mill, Matthew Mill, Nicholas Hurst, Andrew Hurst, Adam Hurst, Meghan Schnitzler, Bradley Mill, Joseph Dailey and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Mary Jane Mill, and their greatly missed son Daniel Mill.
Visitation was held on Friday, November 15, 2019. Services were Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home 1480 W Court St, Kankakee.