Roger Bryce Mills

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Funeral services were held Monday, April 2, 2012, for Roger Bryce Mills at the Olivet Baptist Church in Urbandale. Burial took place at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.

Roger Bryce Mills, 65, was born in Gillett Grove on April 10, 1946, to James Roy and Darlene Boardman Mills, and passed away at the Israel Family House in Ames on March 27, from complications on pneumonia and cancer.

He grew up and attended school at Webb. At age 17, he enlisted in the National Guard for one year, after which he enlisted in the regular Army. He had two tours of Germany and two tours in Vietnam. Bryce received the Commendation Medal, Air Medal and the Purple Heart during Vietnam tour while in the First Air Calvary.

He married Darlene Legler and they were parents to Elna and Quentin, whom were both born in Germany. He married Anita Seidenkranz and they had two sons, Ryan and Nicholas.

Bryce was a trucker until his health failed. He moved to Hot Springs, S.D. for a few years and loved living there. He loved hunting, fishing and enjoying the scenery and wildlife. From his teen years up until his death, he had a fascination for motorcycles. Bryce enjoyed riding in the hills out there. He rode until about a month before his death. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren race. Bryce moved back to the Des Moines area to be near his family.

He is survived by his mother, Darlene; daughter, Elena Dunblazer; sons: Quentin (Sheryl), Ryan and Nicholas Mills; sisters: Karen (Leland) Franklin, Colleen (Richard) Burt, Mary Kathleen (Jean) Linn, LuAnn (John) Reese; and brother, Kevin (Wendy) Mills; five grandchildren; three step-sons; two step-daughters; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; brother, James; half-brothers: Warren and Harvey; half-sisters: Wanda Smith and Shirley White; two nieces and a great niece.