Bob Mills embraced his impending death with the same enthusiasm with which he embraced his life, making a farewell video for his family and friends that was played at the New Orleans reunion in Nov 8-12, 2021. He narrates the first 5:15 minutes, which open with him lying in a casket in his dress blues and end in classic Bob Mills fashion. A must-see for all who knew and loved him.
Bob Mills was a good pilot, good man, good Marine, and one of my best friends for the past 50+ years. We also were close as couples, and they were Uncle Bob and Aunt Twila to our kids. We took many road trips together, talking about anything and everything and playing Password as the miles rolled by.
Bob was extremely competitive. Once we all spent a long weekend at a seaside resort where there were tennis courts. Jean and I had just started playing a little so Bob suggested that the four of us play mixed doubles. When we won the first set he said, “We’re going to play again.” When we won the second set he said,”We will play again.” A thunderstorm blew in during our third set, with rain and severe lightning way too close for comfort. Twila, Jean, and I headed for the car and Bob just stood there in the rain screaming, “You chicken s**ts!” He didn’t even like losing to the kids at Connect Four, which he did regularly.
Bob also was very athletic and loved to participate in sports. He also loved to wrestle Moose Rolfe and Bruce Major, who always kicked his butt, but he loved it anyway and always came back for more. He could walk on his hands, even when drinking, and mastered the Wimpy Wimmler trick of holding a handstand on top of the bar while draining a drink glass by gripping it with his teeth on the opposite side.
Bob was proud that he was one of the organizers of the first HMM-265 reunion in Pensacola in 1988 and had attended every one since. Here are a few reunion pictures selected from this site’s galleries. Bob and Twila were always there.