John P. “Jack” Mills August 21, 1947 - January 6, 2019

Died January 6, 2019 at the age of 71 after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer. Survived by his beloved wife Kate Buckley and beloved daughter Annie (Josh). His is remembered as a good husband and father. Burial is private with family only. Memorials preferred to the American Indian Family Center, St. Paul.

Private services and burial with family only.

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    Judy and Larry Eros says

    Dear Kate, Annie and Josh,
    Larry and I wanted to extend our sincere sympathies on the loss of your Husband and Father, Jack. Our hearts are with you as you say your goobye and lay him to rest. During this sorrowful time may the Lord be with you to lift your hearts and bring you comfort in the Joyful Memories you have had in your life with Jack.
    You are in our prayers.
    Judy and Larry Eros

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    Kristin Kinney says

    Dear Kate, Annie and Josh,
    The AIFC family is so saddened by this news. John (Jack to us) was a wonderful board member and, most importantly, a true friend to all of us. He will forever live in our memories and in our hearts. If there is anything we can do for you please do not hesitate to let us know. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    The AIFC family

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    Elona Street-Stewart says

    Dear Kate and family,
    We share our deep and heartfelt sympathies with you. Jack was such a true friend and great partner working for justice and kids. Thank you for sharing him and your home with us for countless meetings and events related to the Indian Education Parent Committee, school board campaigns and the American Indian Family Center and its Board. His humor and selfless generosity helped us make it through so many big and little successes, including lengthy reports and resolutions, parade marches and exhibit booths, search committees and policy development, powwows and building repairs. He will always be known as someone with a good heart and honest word. We sing and pray him on his journey and know that he will be welcomed by Loretta, Nancy, Sheila, Don and a host of warrior spirits. Peace be with you. Elona Street-Stewart.

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    Elona Street-Stewart says

    Dear Kate and family,
    We send our deep and heartfelt condolences to you. Jack was a long time friend and colleague who stood for justice and kids. thank you for sharing him and your home with us for countless meetings and events of the Indian Education Parent Committee, school board campaigns and the American Indian Family Center and its Board. His humor and selfless generosity helped us make big and little dreams a success including complicated reports and resolutions, policy development and Vote Yes for Kids initiatives, powwows and building repairs. He will always be known for having a good heart and honest word. We pray and sing him on his journey and know that he will be welcomed by Loretta, Nancy, Don, Sheila and many protector spirits. Peace be with you always. Elona Street-Stewart

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    Dan & Kelly Taylor says

    Kate and Family,
    I’m so sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. He was such a wonderful neighbor who was always quick with a smile, a helping hand, and always ready to tackle the next neighborhood issue. We shall miss him and his gentle spirit on our street. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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    Kathy Denman-Wilke says

    Dear Kate and family,
    I was so saddened to hear this news today. John (Jack to us) was beloved by so many in the Saint Paul Indian Community. He shared so much of his time, and your home for meetings, when he was on the Indian Parent Committee. His kind heart and generous spirit has always stayed with me in my memories of Jack. My heart goes out to you, Annie, Josh and other family members during this time. Prayers and love are being send to all of you and to Jack on his spirit journey.

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    Amy Gage says

    Jack was among my favorite neighbors in my work as director of neighborhood relations for St. Thomas. He was forthright, funny, extremely generous with his time and a self-described “salty old guy” who could complain and then come to the table to craft a solution. I will miss Jack, and my heart is with his family.

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    Bob and Harriet Collopy says

    Dear Kate and Annie
    We just learned of Jack’s passing, and are very sad. We always treasured Jack as our neighbor and I personally loved to prank him — as I told him, “some people don’t give Jack shit, but I do!” I was touched that you both came to our 40th wedding anniversary. We,too, are going to soon face that one of us will die, leaving the other to live alone. We miss you, Kate, and I hope we stay in touch. Love from both of us.

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