Kenneth Ray Mills, age 58, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at University of Florida Health in Jacksonville. He was born March 22, 1965, in San Pablo, California to James Floyd and Barbara (Wilson) Mills. He was a graduate from the diesel technology program at Sparks Technical College in Eufaula Alabama and worked for over 25 years traveling abroad with KBR, formerly known as Honeywell on the Marine Corp Prepositioning Program. He started in the company as a heavy equipment mechanic and concluded his career as an Assistant shipboard manager when he moved back to Jacksonville in 2018. Kenneth traveled the globe for many years. He was assigned to Sai Pan where he met and married the love of his life, Jirapha (Tuk), on December 12, 2003. He was an incredible mentor for those lucky enough to have been in his life. His coworkers spoke about the wealth of knowledge he shared and his leadership but outside of work with family and friends he mentored in living life to the fullest and without regret. His passions included his German Shepherds (Banok, Saba and Chico), travel, Scuba diving, playing guitar, drag racing, his rifles, fishing, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Jirapha; his stepdaughter Alisa Norbury (Jake); grandson MJ; his sister, Sheila Bedsole (Terry); niece Chelsea Clayton and nephew, Matthew Hines (Ida) along with three great nieces and nephews, Kyleigh, Colton, and Aurelia. He is preceded in death by both his parents, his grandparents along with numerous aunts and uncles.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Kenneth touched are invited to reminisce, grieve, support each other, and share in the memory of his life at Evergreen Cemetery and Funeral Home 4535 Main Street, Jacksonville. Visitation Friday, July 21, 2023, from 4 pm followed by a service at 5:15 pm with Rev .Tim McDaniel Officiating.