December 17, 2012

Elton Leroy Mills

June 11, 1923 - Dec. 14, 2012

— Elton Leroy Mills

June 11, 1923 - Dec. 14, 2012

Elton Leroy Mills, 89, of Blanchard, died Dec. 14, 2012 in Norman.  The son of Archie Edmund and Sarah Josephine (Cantrell) Mills, he was born June 11, 1923 in Naples.

Elton was a United States Army Veteran of World War II.  He was a waistgunner on B-24 Liberator aircraft and flew twelve missions over France and Germany before he was wounded in action in the European Theater on Feb. 15, 1944.  Elton was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, and the EAME Service Ribbon with one silver service.  

Elton married Lavera L. Clark on Aug. 23, 1947 in Oklahoma City.  He was of the Assembly of God faith and served as a deacon for many years.  He also served on the Middleberg School board.  Elton enjoyed being outdoors, going to church, working with cattle and spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Lance Brooks; three brothers, Dormie, Fred, and Alvin “Sonny” Mills; and five sisters, Velma Vinzant, Faye Minor, Lucille Lanter, Gladys Stidham, and Vadys Minson.

He is survived by his wife, Lavera Mills of Blanchard; daughters, Gwineth Yeager and husband James of Ft. Worth, Texas and Radonna McDaniel and husband Kelley of Blanchard; four grandchildren, Donya Johnson and Keith of Washington, Matthew Brooks and Jennifer of Blanchard, Charles McDaniel of Blanchard, and Kelsey McDaniel of Blanchard; four great-grandchildren, Ben, Makenzie, Braydon, and Mason; and other loved ones and friends.

Funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Blanchard with interment to be held in the Blanchard Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Eisenhour Funeral Home in Blanchard.  Online obituary and guestbook available at


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