Willard C. Mills 100, of Duxbury, passed away on Sept. 21 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth.
Willard was born in Waltham on Feb. 21, to Raymond F. Mills and Blanche M. Mills (Little). He lived in Waltham until he moved to Duxbury in 1935 and graduated from Duxbury High School in 1940. He was employed as an accountant in 1941 at Revere Copper & Brass Inc. in Plymouth, until he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943 in World War II. He was stationed in Naples, Italy, in the 849th Signal Intelligence Service and was a cryptanalysis technician, and encoded allied military traffic and decoded intercepted enemy traffic without use of machinery. He received an honorable discharge on Oct. 9, 1945.
Upon his return from World War II, he returned to his job as an accountant for Revere Copper & Brass Inc. and later became the Works Manager for the company, which manufactured zinc, copper and magnesium plates for photoengraving. He retired in 1985 after 40 years of employment.
Willard enjoyed singing and was in a barbershop quartet called “The Yankee Peddlers” and they performed in several Barbershop shows in Scituate. He liked to read and was interested in photography. He was a Red Sox fan and looked forward to watching the games on TV.
In February, Willard celebrated his 100th birthday at the American Legion in Duxbury where he was honored for his military service in World War II. It was a special day and a wonderful memory for him and his family.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 72 years, Dorothy E. Mills, in 2015.
Willard is survived by his daughters, Kathleen D. Wyatt (Mills) and Dorothy L. Mills of Duxbury, and his son, David W. Mills and his wife, Denise of Brussels, Belgium. He is survived by five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. He was very devoted to his family and will be greatly missed.
A graveside service with a military honor guard was held on Sept. 30 in Mayflower Cemetery.