Rodney Mills

Rodney J Mills

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Rodney J. Mills, 69, of Jerome, was called away to tend the farm fields in heaven Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at the family home, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 17, 1950 in Twin Falls, to Howard and Deloris (Lancaster) Mills.
Rod was raised in the dusty fields of the Salmon Tract and later east of Filer, working hand in hand with his grandfathers and father, learning to drive tractor and operate heavy equipment before he could even reach the pedals.
He graduated from Filer High School in 1968 where he enjoyed playing football and basketball and excelled in FFA. He attended the College of Southern Idaho, before enlisting in the U.S. Army Reserve, he was honorably discharged in 1975.
In 1970 Rod met the love of his life, Linda (Morris) Mills, they were married December 27, 1970 in Twin Falls.
Rod and his young growing family moved to Jerome in 1973 where he farmed for over three decades.
During his time in Jerome he served as a community volunteer, 4-H leader and a member and chairman of Jerome County Fair and Rodeo board. Rod also served on the Potato Growers of Idaho board. He was a World Chariot Association board member for more than two decades.
Besides the births of his children, one of Rod’s proudest moments came in 1982 when he was honored as a top potato grower.
Rod’s first love was farming and ranching, never afraid of a hard day of work. However he also enjoyed having fun and many hobbies including, snowmobiling, dirt bike riding, bowling, mens’ league basketball, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting and school events.
Racing horses and raising a small herd of cattle were a true passion for Rod, he passed on his love and knowledge of animals to his children.
Whether he was guiding a chariot racing team to victory or watching one of his beloved quarter horses compete on the flat track, he always had that signature grin that could light up a room.
If he put his mind to it Rod could do anything, and was always willing to help friends, neighbors or even a stranger that needed a hand.
Four years ago he went back to his roots and began farming for Cedar Ridge Dairy south of Filer. The new opportunity gave him the chance to reconnect with old friends, make many new friends, and most of all spend time with his mom every chance he could.
Rod is survived by wife of nearly 49 years, Linda, and their four sons, Nathan Mills of Boise; Jarrett Mills (Kelly) of Jerome; Jason Mills of Hazelton; Kyle Mills (Angela) of Rifle, Colo. Five grand children, Jace Mills of Jerome; Kameryn Mills of Moscow; Jentry Mills of Jerome; Haedyn Mills of Hazelton; Aurie Mills of Rifle. His mother Deloris Mills of Filer; three siblings, Sandy Bortz (Ron) Meridian; Carol Mills of Filer. James Mills (Susan) of Seattle, Wash., two uncles, Jim Lancaster (Cindy) of the Tri-Cities; Doug Lancaster of Twin Falls; several close cousins and nine nieces and nephews, so many amazing friends.
He is preceded in death by his father Howard Mills, grandson Jaxson Mills, grand parents G.J. and Eva Mills; James and Sadie Lancaster, and his father-in-law, and mother-in-law Ralph and Hazel Morris, and many dear friends.
The family would like to thank Cedar Ridge Dairy, J&C Customs, Visions Hospice, and all the kind nurses at St. Luke’s Twin Falls and Boise that cared for him.
A celebration of life will be held for Rodney at 11 a.m. Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Reformed Church of Twin Falls, 1631 Grandview Dr. North, Twin Falls. Pastor Andy Morris will officiate. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls. Please leave your condolences at
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    Friday, December 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, December 20th, 2019 11:00am
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Beverly Meyers

Posted at 11:26am
My thoughts and prayers go out to you Linda and family. May God Bless you richly. Keep all the good times in your heart and mind and he will be with you forever.

Mary Seyfert

Posted at 07:50pm
So sorry for your loss.
I met Rodney a few yrs at Oasis where I worked. He could always tell when I was down or having a bad moment,before he would leave,somehow he would put that smile back on my face.

Barbara Brewster

Posted at 03:14am
Linda and family, My family and I send our deepest sympathy. Rod was special. Our thoughts are with you. Barbara Brewster and family

Pete and Elaine Thompson

Posted at 04:39pm
Pete and Elaine Thompson - We are so sorry for your loss. You have our most heartfelt sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences on the loss of Rod. May your beautiful memories sustain and bring comfort to you and your family during this time of grief.

LLynn Wels

Posted at 03:17pm
I'm the man standing beside him I wedding photos. as he did with me. Met Rod when I started school in Filer 1966. Immediately knew what he was about. New right away want to be around him especially test time in ag class. Fast-forwarding now. I've written down ao much about this man in the past few days, which probably would have been boring, mixed with a lot of emotion. Unless you have access to cyberspace it's gone but never forgotten. While working Howard and Rod there would be controversies and Howard would just have to be somewhere, because his son was in control of the situation. Rod had a knack for what he was doing, which could be most everything. He would talk about his times and respect for his grandfather. One night at the old Cenex store at curry he a set of headers hed ordered through J C Whitney or someplace. Late afternoon we open the box. Within 5 min that smile of his went to a very concerned look. A lot later I decided to leave. Rod with the blow torch in hand had that grin back . he decided that the Dodge engineers shouldn't have put this here and that there and at this angle, and the headers had plenty of airflows that could be cut down a bit. The next day it was running but sounded different which was part of the goal but wasn't quite running good and rattled. well, he gathered up some money and the next box was a camshaft. Maybe it was only a week later, seemed longer, he was at Arctic circle { we laughed about it during and later} Grandps car a nice well take care of, ran really well as was, became a nice-looking, bad sounding, terrible running piece of memorabilia. He, write me letters when in basic training about all the beer he was drinking. " 2% " alcohol. The custom farming operation suffered while he was gone. Howard kept counting down the days till his return. I paid off a Olds 442 . Withall the extra hrs I wanted to work it worked out good for me He bought a Dodge Charger. well just use your imagination what went on Sunday afternoons and Sat nights. We would meet at the Arctic circle on Addison at the car wash. when done shining. One thing left to do. Wet tires an audience on both sides of Addison, line them up and light them up. I had positive traction he didn't,Id' hit it full bore he had to back off the power to move. He'd go by West five points still smoking. He set up a blind date for me that lasted 25yrs When they moved to Jerome. he worked at Holtzen for a while. Seeing him in a truck didn't look right,. but he did it and did it with a smile With not much more than the desire, intelligence, and hard work he achieved Potato Grower of the year. This where I'm wanting to hear from others cause we didn't have much if any during quite a few years and only rumors. But you know when talking about things at different stages in our lives he would talk of a positive future and never what he didn't have always what does have. He could do anything. Back in the days of hippee movement, I thought about it and still have a little of that kind of spirit in me, but Rod showed me a joy o tilling the soil making them straight rows. When he moved on the bute I had just turned away from that house with some machinery, that opportunity that he made it work. One more thing. In an earlier post, I mentioned I still owed him a 100.00 it took 2 days till he handed it to me with no questions, He didn't have it to give, but he found a way and was never brought up again.


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