Richard Mills, 85, of Westlake, died Oct. 18.
He was born Aug. 20, 1927, and was a standout track and field and cross country athlete at Lakewood High School and Ohio University. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was an avid sailor and member of Edgewater Yacht Club.
Mills was also a former Lakewood Police Officer. He graduated Cum Laude from Cleveland Marshall Law School and was Chief Assistant Law Director of Cleveland.
Mills performed barbershop singing and dixieland jazz with The New Orleans Stompers. Hospice of the Western Reserve granted a wish for him to sing with a barbershop group one more time recently, bringing the Golden Crescent Chorus' South Shore Four to Westlake Village, where Mills was living. He sang Coney Island Baby, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, and Shine On Me with South Shore Four members baritone Ken Foisy, bass Dick Toth, lead Don Flock, and tenor Harold Long.
Mills is survived by his children David (Pamela), Hugh (Kerrie) and Moira Stoker (Robert); seven grandchildren, and longtime companion Claudia Winowich.
He was preceded in death by wife Mary Griffin; son Terry; and sister Mary Ellen O'Boyle.
Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home, 14133 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Our Lady of Angels Church, 3644 Rocky River Dr. Cleveland. Mourners are asked to meet at the church. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14609 Brookpark Rd., Brook Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve.