Dr. Boniface James Mills, 66 years of age, was born on July 18, 1957 in Long Branch, NJ, USA, and left us at his home in Beatrice, Nebraska on May 13, 2024. He made his home in Beatrice for the last 5 years of his life. Always passionate about science and sharing knowledge, Boniface was a professor having earned his Bachelors degree, Masters degree, and later a Doctorate in Geo sciences and Meteorology/Climatology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

 Boniface served his country in the United States Navy from May 1, 1978 until being honorably discharged on April 30, 1982. He was a member of the Beatrice American Legion Club. Boniface later returned as a civil servant on June 2010 as the Chief Scientist/Forecaster for the Space Weather Operations Center, Offutt Air Force Base. He would work there for 9 years before retiring August 2019.

His hobbies brought joy to those around him, as he collected coins, stamps, and rocks, cultivated beautiful flowers, played video games, and filled the air with music from his mandolin and guitar.

Boniface Mills is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Mills, to whom he was married since October 11, 2014. He leaves behind his children: Ruth Mills of Omaha, Joseph Mills from Bellevue, and Brian Mills of Omaha; Stepchildren Jeff Stout, William Stout, Patrick Doty, and Brian Doty. Boniface is also survived by his mother-in-law, Kathy Davis; siblings: John Mills of Pleasant View, TN, Mark Mills of Seattle, WA, Desiree Mills of Carbondale, IL, and Paul Mills from Virginia; his cherished granddaughters: Marie and Piper Mills; and three step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rosemarie (Fleming) Mills.

Celebration of Life Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday, July 19, 2024 at the Omaha National Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Navy. There will be no viewing or visitation. A memorial has been established to the family with the funeral home in charge. 

We invite you to share your memories of Boniface, and to upload photos to his memorial page, as we celebrate and remember a life beautifully lived. Your stories and pictures will serve as a comfort to us all, as we navigate through this time of grief and remembrance.

These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.