Howard Millis

Howard Millis


Dates

January 31, 1954 - September 5, 2022

Obituary

Howard Millis, 68, of Plankinton, SD, formerly of Sioux Falls, made his final jump to the ultimate carnival location in Heaven Monday, September 5, 2022, the same day his father died 35 years earlier. He passed after losing his fight with Heptocelluar Carcinoma (Liver cancer which had spread to his bones) at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be 11:30 AM Friday, September 16, at New Home Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Howard will be buried in Elgin, IL at a later date. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Howard Anthony Millis was born to Margaret LaPrairie (a member of the Red Lake Band of the Ojibwa tribe a/k/a Minnesota Chippewa) and Gordon Millis in Seymour, Indiana on January 31, 1954.

Howard wanted his death from liver disease to serve as a cautionary tale to people who use acetaminophen, and alcohol to combat chronic pain. As well as, to people who use vancomycin or other strong antibiotics, and those who may have had blood transfusions in the years before or places where the blood was not carefully screened. All these above contributed to the shortening of his life.

Howard attended Hawthorn School and Washington High School in Sioux Falls before spending ages 14- 16 in the Sioux Falls Crippled Children’s Hospital and School after he broke his hip on a rodeo horse that was not saddle broken, while his parents were vending concessions at a Pow Wow/Rodeo/Carnival. Howard spent his entire life working in live action amusement show business (being “with it and for it” as it is known in the industry). It was working as a “poster biller” with Circus Vargas that he met his life companion of 30 years, Linda Heath. In his last few years more for nostalgia than anything else, he would spend around 6 weeks on shows owned by family friends, in and around South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa helping out at Amusement Attractions with Doug Vinson, with Goldstar Amusements and on various shows with Dorman’s Concessions.

Always “full of the funnies” those left to mourn his love and humor are, his life companion of more than 30 years, Linda Heath; sister-in-law Carmen McLendon; sister Noel Neuroth; nephew Victor Neuroth, his former niece-in-law Connie Carlson, and grandnieces Novia Neuroth and Zenobia Kaengieter; nephew Gordon Millis III and wife Monica, grandnephew Chris Millis, and grandniece Maria Millis; brother-in-law Douglas H. Jarosh and niece and nephews Kenneth, Cynthia and Steve and their respective families. As well as Howard’s bonus mom Doris Berscheid, Bonus sister Bonnie Berscheid and Bonnie’s children and grandchildren.

Waiting to welcome Howard to his heavenly spot are his parents, Gordon Sr. and Margaret; mother-in-law Florence Heath; brother and sister-in-law Gordon Millis Jr. and Bonnie Millis, and sister Joan Jarosh.


Visitation(s)

Date
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Service

Date
Friday, September 16, 2022
Time
11:30 AM
Location
New Home Lutheran Church
1023 S Minnesota St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Posted by Joy Waterbury on September 8, 2022
So sorry cousin. I'll always remember the tour of Sioux Falls he gave me on the ride home after dropping off the van you rented to take Carmen around on her birthday. Howie knew every inch of that city. all the places that used to be and all the shortcuts. We love you. Praise Yahweh for the journey the two of you shared. You are inspiring.
Posted by Paula Deckert on September 8, 2022
Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.
Posted by Carol Vilhauer on September 7, 2022
Linda, Am so sorry to hear about Howard. My thoughts are with you.
Posted by Tama Backlund on September 7, 2022
Linda, Dan and I send our heartfelt sympathy to you. We were honored to meet Howard at church. And we had such a great visit with he and you - at the Kiwanis Club fundraiser at Mitchell Tech!
Posted by Jack Earl on September 6, 2022
My Heart is sad, I will miss my friend Howie. I will miss his stories, jokes and our times together.
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