Edward Millis was a kind, gentle man who loved his family, said Linda Millis, his wife of 18 years.
“He was always very honest, and I admired that,” she said. “He was a good Catholic and his faith was important to him.”
Edward Millis, 70, of Portage and formerly of the East Side, died Jan. 23. He worked 35 years for LTV Steel, retiring from the no. 2 tin line.
He was a medic in the Army during the Vietnam War, serving in 1967-68.
“He was proud of his service in the war, and really liked the guys he served in Vietnam with,” she said. “He was wounded in the war.”
The couple met through an ad in the newspaper, and Linda Millis said her husband was a good family man who accepted her daughter as part of the family. He also took good care of both of their mothers, she said.
He loved his grandchildren, and always took time to explain things to them, she said.
“They called him Gumpy, because they couldn’t say Grandpa,” she said. “He was always very patient with them, and talked to them as if they were adults, not children.”
Linda Millis said her husband loved mysteries, and belonged to several Sherlock Holmes mystery clubs.
“He could tell you all the details of all the mysteries,” she said. “He has books upon books, and all the DVDs.”
He loved to go out and eat, and was good at fixing things, she said.
“He was very detail-oriented,” she said. “He knew how to do things.”