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Delnore Mills

Delnore Mills

Monday, February 1st, 1943 Friday, November 20th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Delnore Franklin "Dilly" Mills Sr.

Delnore Franklin Mills, Sr. “Dilly” age 77, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020, at Menno Haven Rehab Center. Born February 1, 1943 in Chambersburg, PA, he was the son of the late Arthur Franklin and Esther Walck Mills.
A Restauranteur, Del was co-owner and operator of Dilly’s in Chambersburg for over 25 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, a life member and former administrator of the Moose Lodge 842, the Roanoke/Richmond Moose Lodge, where he was also an administrator, life member of the Marine Corps League, member of the VFW and American Legion SAL Post 46. He was also a board member of the Franklin County Crime Solvers, the Pennsylvania Tavern Association, and the Franklin, Fulton, and Adams County Tavern Association. He enjoyed golf, NASCAR, cooking, and serving others. Del and his wife, Sandy served the community free meals for 25 years on Thanksgiving Day, while they were proprietors of Dilly’s.
Surviving is his wife of 31 years, Sandra Mowen; two children, Joseph Mills (wife Eva) of Marysville, PA and Marina Tolbert (Kevin Summers) of Chambersburg, PA; two step-daughters, Michele Eyler (husband Tom) of New Bern, NC and Regina Warr (husband Jeffrey) of Inwood, WV; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Delnore Franklin Mills, Jr. “Frank” and Ryan Mills and a brother, Edward Mills.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at 10 AM at Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg, PA, where Rev. Steve Livermore and Rev. Dr. Dianne Salter will officiate. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA. All PA Department of Health, Social Distancing, and CDC Recommendations will be observed. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to the following charities, First United Methodist Church specifically for Hungry Hearts, 225 S. Second St., Chambersburg, PA, Noah’s House, 2138 LWE, Chambersburg, PA 17202, Gracie’s Place, 1879 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201, or the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 5051 Letterkenny Rd. West, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Inc.
    333 Falling Spring Road
    Chambersburg, PA
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    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Inc.
    333 Falling Spring Road
    Chambersburg, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Lincoln Cemetery
    Lincoln Way East
    CHAMBERSBURG, PA
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    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
    10:00am
  • Interment

    Lincoln Cemetery
    Lincoln Way East
    CHAMBERSBURG, PA
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CWA Local 2222, Shafer Equipment Co., and other have sent flowers to the family of Delnore Franklin "Dilly" Mills Sr.
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CWA Local 2222, Shafer Equipment Co., and other have sent flowers to the family of Delnore Franklin "Dilly" Mills Sr.
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Cynthia Driscoll

I met Del back in the late 80's when he came to be the Administrator of Roanoke Moose Lodge #284. What a great boss and a wonderful friend. He always cared about his employees and I learned so much from him. I am a better person for knowing him and so fortunate that he was friends with my husband and myself. Sandy and family, may the good and sweet memories you had with Del carry you through the coming days. Sending you all good vibes of comfort, peace, and strength.
Cindy Hall Driscoll, Roanoke, VA
Comment | Posted at 09:53pm via Condolence
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Roberta Sheely

My deepest smpathy to Sandy and the rest of Del's family. We were friends for a long time and I know how much he will be missed by all of us.

Roberta Sheely and Family
Comment | Posted at 10:56am via Condolence
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CWA Local 2222

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Lloyd Reichard

Dear Sandy and Rene,
My most sincere condolences to you both, and to your family. I am most honored to be able to call Del, "Friend." Though I am unable to attend the memorial services, you all are in my heart and prayers. Del has been a true asset to Chambersburg far larger than many realize. I wish to thank him for everything he has contributed to Chambersburg. I regret that I was unable to visit Chambersburg in the last year, but I simply want to tell you Rene and Sandy that in my humble opinion, Del was always one of Chambersburg biggest assets, and you can be very proud of his accomplishments in every regard. Galyna and I send our sincere Love. Lloyd Reichard
Comment | Posted at 06:53pm via Condolence
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John A. Cleary

Our sincerest condolences to Sandy and family from Jack and Beverly Cleary. Del was a great friend who will be truly missed. Our prayers are with him and the family, God Bless.
Comment | Posted at 02:07pm via Condolence
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