Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mills of Princeton will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Due to the current restrictions pertaining to COVID-19, an open house celebration will be announced and held at a later date. Family and friends are encouraged to mail cards at this time. Anyone needing their mailing address is asked to send a request to

Barbara Norene May and Richard Arthur Mills were married July 17, 1960, at the First Lutheran Church in Ohio, Ill., on what is reported to have been the hottest day of that summer. The church was filled with family and friends, including the parents of the bride, Gail and Minnie May, and the father of the groom, Lawrence Dailey. At the time, Barbara was a recent graduate of Western Illinois University with a teaching degree is home economics, and Richard had recently been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy where he served as an electronics specialist. The couple first settled in Port Byron, Ill., where Barbara was a home economics teacher at Riverdale High School, and Richard worked as an electronics repair technician for B&M Electric.

The couple remained in Port Byron until 1965, when they moved to Princeton while expecting their first child. Richard started his own appliance repair business before going to work as a repair technician for Sears-Roebuck. Barbara became a stay-at-home mother and homemaker for many years, before returning to work as a librarian for Princeton Elementary Schools. Later in his career, Richard went to work for Windpower Electric in Princeton, where he stayed until his retirement. Barbara went on to become the secretary for Logan Junior High School in Princeton until her retirement.

Richard and Barbara are very active members of First Lutheran Church in Princeton, where Richard was the church custodian for more than 40 years until his retirement there in 2015. They have two children, Eric (Jenn) Mills of Princeton and Christopher Mills of Madison, Wis. They also have two grandchildren, David Mills of Ladd and Abbey Mills of Princeton. In August, they will welcome their first great-granddaughter, Morrissey Tayler Mills of Ladd.

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