Robert Armas Mills, known to friends as "Bob," passed away on April 27, 2018, at the age of 78 in Longview, Wash.
Bob, whose given name was Robert Allen Nieminen, was born to Armas Nieminen and Marie Brauner on March 12, 1940, in Clatskanie, Ore. He was raised on the Oregon Coast, attending Astoria High School, where he was fondly known as “Nemo,” after Captain Nemo from the 1954 film “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Bob started working at a young age in a lumber mill and fish cannery in Astoria, Ore., through high school. Bob then attended Oregon State College, graduating with a degree in accounting. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force, with stations in Michigan, West Virginia, Texas and California. Bob left the Air Force with an honorable discharge as 1st Lieutenant in Dec. 1971.
After leaving the Air Force, Bob moved his family to Hood River, Ore., and lived on an eight acre farm, teaching his kids gardening and raising livestock. Bob worked as the controller at Martin Marietta Aluminum in The Dalles during this time. In the early 1980s, Bob and his kids moved to Chandler, Ariz., where they lived with his new wife Sandra Mills, and he worked as a cost analyst for various companies.
In the early 1990s, Bob and Sandi moved to The Dalles, where Bob worked with Pellisier Trucking until his retirement.
After Sandi passed away in 2002, Bob met and fell in love with Judy. In 2016, Bob moved to Ocean Park, Wash., to spend the rest of his days close to his roots on the coast, often socializing and clam digging with dear friends Greg and Mary Sutter.
Bob loved socializing, clam digging and listening to music. His favorite artists were: Willie Nelson, The Who, Pink Floyd and The Moody Blues. He was a member of The American Legion, The Moose Lodge and The Eagles Club, and was recognized regularly by United Blood Services for the amount of blood he donated.
Bob was a great dad, always unconditionally supportive, truthful and quick to forgive. He was a strong, funny, honest, smart man, and will be remembered fondly and missed by those his life touched.
Bob is survived by his son, Robert JM Nieminen, and daughter-in-law, Michele B. Nieminen; two grandchildren, Cooper M. Nieminen and Paige E. Nieminen; daughter, Kristin Bancroft, and son-in-law, George Bancroft.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 E 4th Street The Dalles, Ore. 97058. Please use the Federal Street Entrance. A reception will follow at noon at Casa El Mirador 1424 W 2nd Street The Dalles, Ore. 97058.
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