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Marty Mills, 84, of Cumberland

May 23, 1939 — May 5, 2024

Marty Mills, 84, of Cumberland

Mass of Christian Burial: Will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, rural Cumberland with burial in the St. Timothy’s Catholic.  A luncheon will be at the church hall following the burial.  The Lamb Funeral Home in Massena is in charge of the professional arrangements.  Online condolences may be left to the family at

Family Visitation:  The family will greet friends on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Massena from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Memorials:  May be directed to the Marty Mills Memorial Fund to be established by the family at a later date. 

Frederick “Marty” Martin Mills was born on May 23, 1939, in Atlantic, Iowa to parents Mable (Cullen) Mills and Earl Mills. He had an older sister, Patricia (Pat) Ann Echtermeyer and younger sister, Martha (Mills) Van Tassel. He was raised on the family farm, went to the local country school and graduated from Cumberland High School.

He was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church.  Marty worked hard for his family and had a long career with Iowa Electric as a Lineman. There was even a moment in Marty’s work life where he worked at the Palo Alto Nuclear Plant and he actually witnessed radioactive fuel rods being changed out of the nuclear core. Marty was also very active in his local community of Cumberland where he was part of the local volunteer fire department, elected to the school board, umpired the local baseball/softball games, managed the Cumberland Red Sox baseball town team, assisted farmers in their fields and helped anyone who asked for it.

Marty enjoyed playing baseball (pitching and managing the Cumberland town team over a span of 27 years), was an avid golfer playing year-round, loved fishing, hunting, and even had a few good dance moves.  Marty married Mary Kinnersley August 7, 1972, blending their families to raise 6 children together. They enjoyed going to dances, bowling, traveling to Minnesota for fishing trips, spending winters in Arizona and filling the house with their Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren.

Marty passed peacefully away on May 5, 2024, surrounded by love, prayers and his family at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, MO.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Mills, sisters, daughter Lisa Charlene Mills and stepdaughter Kristi Lynn (Powell) Sothman.

He is survived by his 3 children Derek Mills & wife Pam, Mark Mills & wife Michele, Andrea Schaap & partner David Peterson, and Stepchildren, Shari Exceen and David Powell.  Grandchildren : Andrew, Mirisa, Jamie, Matt, Ashley, Taylor, Noah, Drielle, Wesley, Jake, Jonathan, Spencer & Hunter and many great-grandchildren.

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Past Services

Family Greeting Friends

Thursday, May 9, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Lamb Funeral Home - Massena

205 West 5th Street, Massena, IA 50853

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, May 10, 2024

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

St. Timothy Catholic Church

69488 Wichita Road, Cumberland, 50843

Burial will be in the St. Timothy's Cemetery with a luncheon following in the fellowship hall.

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