Mervin 'Merv' Edwin Mills. 95

Local obituary


Mervin “Merv” Edwin Mills, 95, of Nichols died Sunday, April 3, 2022 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

A family gathering will be held at a later date with inurnment in the Nichols Cemetery. Online condolences can be made to the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nichols First Responders.

Mervin Edwin Mills was born on Jan. 7, 1927 in Nichols, the son of Fredrick and Odetta (Arnold) Mills. He was a graduate of the former Nichols High School and served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947.

On Aug. 8, 1948, Mervin was united in marriage to Dorothy Lowe in Nichols. After his marriage to Dort, he moved his new family to Rock Island, Illinois and worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for several years.

He would later return to the Nichols area and take up farming along with working at Mills Motor Company as a mechanic. In 1968, he began working at the HON Company in Muscatine, retiring in 1991.

Merv enjoyed working on and collecting old cars, tractors, and farm equipment. He especially enjoyed his 1941 Ford coupe along with his father’s 1949 Hudson and 1937 Allis-Chalmers WC tractor that was purchased new in Nichols.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Dort, as well as five children that include four sons, Dan (Deb) Mills of Itasca, Illinois, Doug Mills and Dave (Kim) Mills all of Nichols, along withDick Mills of Longmont, Colorado as well as a daughter, Dee (Scott) McDonald of Abilene, Texas.

Also surviving are five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, June Burr of West Liberty, Mary (Larry) Forbes Baker of Missouri, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as two brothers, Kent and Wendall (Poody), along with a daughter-in-law, Renee, and a grandson, Austin.