Edward W. ‘Eddie’ ‘Pop-Pop’ Mills
MERIDALE — Edward W. “Eddie” “Pop-Pop” Mills, 85, of Meridale, passed away at his home on Sunday evening, June 29, 2014, following a short illness.
Born on Aug. 2, 1928, in Oneonta, he is the son of the late Leo and Mary Mills.
Mr. Mills proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1952. Part of that time he was stationed in Newfoundland. Eddie was honorably discharged obtaining the rank of staff sergeant.
Following his service, he was employed as a teletype operator for Western Union. Eddie then went to work as a Journeyman printer for the Oneonta Daily Star and he also worked at SUNY Delhi as a bus driver until his retirement.
He was married to Betty Rivenburg Mills on Aug. 31, 1958, the couple enjoyed 33 years together until her passing on March 10, 1992.
He is survived by his son, Wesley (Donna) Mills Sr. of West Davenport; a daughter, Darleen (John) Crandell of Meridale; four grandchildren, Wesley Mills Jr., Bob (Heidi) Mills, Katherin (Justin Richie) Crandell and Joshua Crandell; great-grandchildren, Korbin, Keira and one year old, Kaius; a sister, Joan (Buddy) Steiner of Lake George; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, who he loved and tried to keep in contact with.
Eddie was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially canoeing. He loved sports, especially baseball, and as a youth he was bat boy for a semiprofessional team visiting Oneonta. Later, as a young man, he tried out for a Minor League team. He played Sunday softball in Oneonta for many years. He enjoyed taking trips with family to Damaschke Field to watch the games.
Eddie was also a bowler, bowling in leagues in Oneonta and Milford. Eddie was a respected member of the canoeing community. In 2004, he became a member of the 700 mile club in the General Clinton canoe regatta. Eddie also loved to dance, which he was able to do right up until a few months ago.