January 22, 1946
Robert “Bob” Mills passed away unexpectedly on December 12, 2021 at his home in Sequim, Washington. He was a stoic man who could be intimidating at first meeting but made friends everywhere he went. Bob had many interests — hunting, bicycling, ham radio, cooking, wine, and Irish whisky, but most of all he was a world-class story-teller.
Bob was born on January 22, 1946 in Barstow, California, and grew up in Rockford, Washington. He attended Eastern Washington College where he met his future wife Audrey Saldin, and after graduation in December 1968 he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. Bob and Audrey eloped in January 1969.
He spent 1971-1972 in service during the Vietnam war. After returning home Bob’s started working for the Department of Justice and those opportunities took the family first to McNeil Island, Washington, then a decade in California before returning to Seattle, where he would work until he retired in 2001.
After he retired, Bob and Audrey built a home on the hill in Sequim where Audrey could have her water views, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
While in Sequim, Bob worked for a local bike shop, conducted training for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and was active with the Clallam County emergency operations as a ham radio operator for the Sequim Fire Department. He was named Volunteer of Year 2011 by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Dale and Betty Mills, and his wife Audrey. He is survived by his daughter Margaret Keppeler (husband Paul), his son Richard (wife Leah), and grandsons Reece and Sawyer. All will miss him deeply.
Bob will be interred in the Rockford Memorial Cemetery next to his wife and parents.
Nancy A. Mears
January 2, 1936 – January 24, 2022
On January 24, 2022, Nancy Ann Mears passed away peacefully at the age of 86 after a prolonged battle with dementia and recently COVID-19. She is with the good Lord now.
She was a South Carolinian native whose life took her to Alaska and Washington. Her devout spirit fueled her dedication to detail while employed in hospital record processing to high school attendance administration.
But her talents did not end there. Nancy had won many recognitions and awards for her work in community theater, ceramics, and quilting.
She was passionate about dogs. From the three dogs of her own to the many neighbors’ dogs she pet-sat. She was a loyal fan and viewer of the Westminster dog show. Her favorite breed was the miniature poodle. She was a very skilled canasta player as well as a thoughtful and accommodating hostess. Her cooking talents and southern recipes always made sure no one ever left her table hungry.
She was a loving wife, and mother. Nancy is survived by her sister, husband and two children. Her ashes will be set in place in Mountain View Cemetery on February 22nd, 2022. She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.