Brattleboro- Loren Waterhouse Mills, 89, of Parkside Avenue, passed away Friday morning, December 8, 2017 at Pine Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health.
Mr. Mills was born in Lancaster, New Hampshire on August 31, 1928 the son of L. Glenn and Alberta (Waterhouse) Mills. He was raised and educated in Lancaster graduating from Lancaster High School and Academy, Class of 1946. He went on to attend New England College earning his B.A. in Education in 1952.
The following year (1953) he enlisted in the U.S. Army proudly serving his country and was honorably discharged from active service in 1955. Upon his return home he continued his education where he completed his graduate studies at Plymouth State College.
His first teaching assignment was at the Groton High School where soon after he met his future wife, Janice Hatch who he married in Groton on August 31, 1959. Mr. Mills later taught math, science and chemistry at Brattleboro Union High School and later Greenfield, Mass Middle School where he retired from.
Following his retirement from teaching he went to work almost on a full-time basis for Mastaler Cleaning Service in Brattleboro. During his earlier years he was employed for the Cog Railway.
A man devoted in his faith, he was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Brattleboro where with his wife he was active in church functions throughout the years. Mr. Mills was also a member of the American Legion Brattleboro Post #5. In 1998 Loren, along with his wife Janice, were recipients of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. Loren, Janice and Tom Shanklin were responsible for bringing the first Walk of Emmaus from where it originated to Brattleboro. He was also instrumental in organizing funding to establish the Brattleboro Drop In Center.
He was a devout NASCAR fan and attended many races at Talladega Speedway in Alabama. He also enjoyed watching spectator sports especially professional wrestling.
In recent years he enjoyed spending time at the Brattleboro Senior Center, being involved in church functions and quality time shared with his family.
He was a faithful and devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and a friend to many, well known for his spirit of friendship and kindly personality.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife Janice on May 12, 2006 and by a grandson, Dana Loren Pratt who passed away in 1998.
Survivors include one daughter, Lori Cornellier of Brattleboro; two sons, Jay Mills of Hinsdale and Kevin Mills of Marlboro; and five grandchildren, Charlotte Doherty, Daniel and Alison Cornellier, Sequoyah and Jade Stevens-Mills.
Additionally he leaves two cousins, Norman Campbell and Phyllis Weeks of Massachusetts; a dear friend, Arlene Slate of Brattleboro and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A memorial service in celebration of his life will be conducted Friday at 8:00 P.M. at First United Methodist Church on Town Crier Drive with Pastor NaMi Yu, officiating.
Friends are invited to a visitation at the church on Friday from 6 P.M. until the start of the services. Burial in the family lot in Groton Village Cemetery will take place in the springtime when the cemetery reopens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Loren Mills name may be made to First United Methodist Church, Town Crier Drive, Brattleboro, VT 05301.
The family would like to convey their heartfelt appreciation to the staff and management at the VA Hospital in White River Junction and Pine Heights Nursing Home for the wonderful care and compassion shown during his stay at their facilities.