Ernest W. Mills, Emeritus
Ernest W. Mills, a native of Georgetown, Illinois, graduated from Georgetown High School in 1953 and from Earlham College in 1957. Following graduation, he married Betty Eckler. He then became associated with Doan & Johnson Funeral Home and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1959.
In 1967, Ernest Mills and Betty purchased the Doan & Johnson and the Welfer-Johnson Funeral Homes. In 1973, they announced the building of a new funeral home at 790 National Road West. The new funeral home was opened in January 1974.
Ernie belongs to Central United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club of Richmond, Richmond Masonic Lodge #196, Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite, and Murat Shrine. He was a long-time member of Richmond Elks #649 and Forest Hills Country Club. Ernie has served on the Board of Friends Fellowship Community for 23 years and on the board of the former People’s Savings and Loan for a number of years. He also has served on committees of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association (IFDA).
Ernie and Betty have one daughter, Beth, who is married to David Lydick, and two grandsons, Michael and Andrew.
Ernie feels, "We consider it a true privilege and an honor to be invited into each family's inner circle to help guide and support them during their most difficult time."
In April 2021, the Mills/Lydick family transferred the ownership of Doan & Mills Funeral Home and Mills Funeral Home to David A. Sullivan, who is a man of character, has a passion for funeral service, and is maintaining traditions while bringing in new ideas and new changes to serve our community even better.
David Sullivan expresses, "I consider Ernie Mills to be one of the great leaders in the funeral service industry and his integrity, reputation, and commitment of serving the families of Wayne County has been a tremendous source of pride for everyone at Doan & Mills Funeral Home. The Sullivan family is honored and humbled to be part of his legacy."
Betty L. Mills, Deceased
In Loving Memory.....
Betty L. Mills graduated from St. Charles High School in 1953 and graduated from Earlham College in 1957, having also completed Medical Technology training at Reid Hospital. Following graduation, she married Ernest Mills. She worked in the lab at Reid Hospital for 13 years, and also at the funeral home. Ernie and Betty purchased the two funeral homes in 1967. She was instrumental in designing and implementing the building of the new funeral home at 790 National Road West in 1973.
Betty was a member of Central United Methodist Church and Richmond Altrusa Club. She was a life-time board member for Widowed Persons and an honorary member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority. Betty was a long-time member of Richmond Elks #649 and Forest Hills Country Club, where she enjoyed playing golf.
She spent a lot of her time in fundraising for organizations such as Genesis of YWCA and Riley Children’s Hospital. While she served on the boards of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the former Richmond Symphony Women’s Association, and the Whitewater Opera Company, she was in charge of fundraising and membership. She also served on the board of the YWCA.
Betty and Ernie have one daughter, Beth, who is married to David Lydick, and two grandsons, Michael and Andrew.
Gary Brown, Funeral Home Manager
Gary grew up in Rosedale, Indiana, and graduated from Rosedale High School.
He started working in the funeral industry while still in high school. After graduation from Mid-America Mortuary College in 1989, he and his wife, Patti, worked in funeral homes in Indiana until 2005. They then moved to Kentucky, and stayed until April of 2021, when they moved back to Indiana to join the Doan and Mills Funeral Home staff.
Gary and Patti have been married since 1987, and they have two sons, Colin Cress and Parker Brown, and three grandchildren.
G. Robert Clark, Assistant Funeral Home Manager
Bob grew up in Delaware County, Indiana, and now makes his home in Greens Fork. He was a 1984 graduate of Delta High School and a 1988 graduate of Anderson University. After working in the banking industry for 20 years, Bob's dream of working in funeral service was fulfilled by joining the Doan & Mills staff in October 2008. He graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in March 2010 and became a licensed funeral director in March 2011. Bob considers his career as a funeral director to be a calling and a ministry. He is privileged and honored to serve families in Richmond and the surrounding communities.
Bob attends LifeSpring Church North. He enjoys singing, listening to music, hunting, and fishing.
Bob has been married since 1989 to Alissa. They have two sons, Bradley and his beautiful wife, Katelyn, and Jonathan.
Whitney Lantz, Operations Coordinator/Funeral Director & Embalmer/Restorative Artist
Whitney is a 2002 graduate of Delta High School in Muncie, Indiana, where she played multiple sports. She worked for Lab Corp. before finding her calling in funeral service. Whitney graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in 2012 and served her internship in Indianapolis before joining the Doan & Mills staff in 2014.
Whitney is a member of Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity. She enjoys reading, traveling, music, live theater, and spending time with her family and her dogs, Honey and Kazu. Whitney and her family are very active in the Relay For Life of Delaware County. Whitney married Donald Lantz in 2017 expanding her family to four children and nine grandchildren.
Hayley Jean, Funeral Director
Hayley was born in Attica, Indiana. She was a 2010 graduate of Attica High School and a 2020 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College, with an associate degree in mortuary science. Before attending mortuary school, Hayley worked for West Minster Village in West Lafayette, Indiana, for seven years. She moved to Richmond in February 2021 to start her internship and received her Funeral Director's license in March of 2022.
Hayley enjoys reading, crafting, antiquing, spending time with friends and family, and most of all her dog, Tilly.
Michele Mason, Advance Planning Director
Michele was born in Madison County, Indiana, and is the daughter of Linda and Richard Boll. Her father was a Vietnam veteran and her mother was a homemaker. She has two brothers, David and Richard. In her younger years, Michele played many sports, but her favorite was softball. She was raised with strong family values, love of family, and respect for her community.
After graduating from high school, Michele relocated to Florida to begin her career in business. She has over 30 years experience in customer service and sales management. Michele moved back to Indiana in 2012 and began her career in the funeral industry. She has years of experience in cemetery and preneed funeral planning, for which she is licensed in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Her passion in life is to help families plan all of their cemetery and funeral needs in advance. She considers this her life's work and a privilege, as well.
Michele enjoys spending time with her brothers, fishing, camping, and outdoor activities. Her favorite vacation spot is on the beach relaxing and reading a book along with her traveling companion, Tinky (her 3 1/2 pound dog).
Michele will be making her home here in the Richmond area and we welcome her to our Doan & Mills team.
Dina Wagner, Advance Planning/Funeral Director
Dina is a native of Muncie Indiana, having graduated from Muncie Central High School and Ball State University, where she earned her degree in Psychology with minors in International Finance and Chinese.
After many years of counseling orphans and at risk youth, she returned to school and graduated in 1996 with honors with a degree in Mortuary Science from Mid-America College of Funeral Service.
Dina served several years as Marion County Deputy Coroner, as well as Tissue Bank Specialist and Director of Sales in Indianapolis, before coming to Richmond to join the team of Doan and Mills in 2021.
In her spare time she enjoys all things outdoors, including fishing, boating, golfing, camping, and every animal ever created.
Patti Brown, Assistant to the President
Patti grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, and graduated from Terre Haute North Vigo High School. She became involved in funeral service after she and Gary were married. Patti has held many positions in the funeral home in payroll, accounts payable, billing, and as a greeter, to name a few. She is proud to be part of the Doan and Mills staff and looks forward to becoming involved in the community.
Patti and Gary attend Centerville United Methodist Church and enjoy listening to Gospel music and singing.
Beth Mills Lydick, Ambassador
Beth Lydick began her involvement in the funeral business at birth, as she is the daughter of Ernie and Betty Mills. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1981. After graduating from DePauw University in 1985, she married David Lydick and lived in Indianapolis working as a Systems Engineer for EDS for fourteen years. Beth, David, and their two sons (Michael and Andrew) returned to Richmond in 2002 to join in the family business and be closer to family.
Beth is a member of First English Lutheran Church, where she plays in the Bell Choir and has served on Church Council. She is a member of Women Helping Others and the Woman's Club. Beth serves on the Friends Fellowship Community Board of Trustees. She loves spending time with her family and friends. When Michael and Andrew were younger, Beth enjoyed volunteering at their schools, being involved in the Seton Home and School, actively leading the PTO at Test Middle School, and being their biggest fan at their baseball, basketball, and football games. She also enjoys walking, cooking, traveling, attending cultural events, and playing with her terrific granddaughter, Averie.
"We have made a lot of wonderful, lasting friendships. We definitely plan to stay active in the community."
David S. Lydick, Ambassador
David was born in Richmond and graduated from Richmond High School in 1981 and Anderson University in 1985. He married Beth Mills in 1985, and they lived in Indianapolis, where he worked for Hook Drugs as an In-Store Computer Analyst for four years and then for American Express Financial Advisors as a Certified Financial Planner for 12 years. David began his funeral career in 2002 with Doan & Mills and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
David is a member of First English Lutheran Church and Richmond Noon Kiwanis Club, where he serves as President of the Kiwanis Board. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing golf, and music.
David and Beth are the proud parents of two sons, Michael and Andrew, and also have a wonderful granddaughter, Averie.
"We have greatly enjoyed serving our community over the last 20 years and appreciate the trust placed in us."