Ernest L. “Ernie” Mills, 75, of Philipsburg, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College. Born March 10, 1944 in Philipsburg, he was a son of the late Robert Mills & Dorothy (Mason) Mills Byron. Ernie was a 1962 graduate of Philipsburg-Osceola High School and was a Journeyman Lineman with IBEW Local #126. Together with his wife, they owned the former Transfer Express, Philipsburg. Ernie was a life member of both Hope Fire Company No. 2 and the Philipsburg BPO Elks Lodge#1173. He was of Christian faith, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking and was an avid sports fan. On November 13, 1971 at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Osceola Mills, he married Karen M. (Gutshall) Mills, who passed away February 7, 2015. Ernie is survived by a daughter Jackie K. Mills of Philipsburg; fur-baby Abby Gale; mother in law Regina M. (Dillon) Gutshall of Huntingdon and sister in law Donna K. Isenberg and her husband Larry of Huntingdon. In addition to his parents and wife, Ernie was preceded in death by his step father Robert F. “Piney” Byron, step brother Joseph Byron, step sister Alice Grafton, father in law Donald F. Gutshall and sister in law Sharen L. Gutshall. A funeral service will be held at the Dahlgren-Spewock Funeral Home, Inc., 228 N. Centre St. Philipsburg, PA, on Thursday, August 1 at 2pm with Rev. John Versaw officiating. Ernie will be laid to rest at the Philipsburg Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 31 from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 pm and on Thursday, August 1, from 1pm until the hour of service at 2pm. Memorial contributions in Ernie’s memory may be made to Happy Valley Animals in Need (HVAIN), 146 October Dr., State College, PA 16801. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.dahlgren-spewock.com
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