An obituary will be posted when available.
Bill was born in Detroit, MI on December 14, 1931 to William and Elmira Mills of Monroe, MI.
He attended Holy Redeemer for elementary and high school. He, his older brother, Randy, and their father were avid baseball players and Detroit Tiger fans. After graduating from Holy Redeemer, Bill went to Michigan Normal College (Eastern Michigan University) where he played baseball before joining the United States Navy. While serving in the military, Bill married Margaret "Margie" Mallon in 1953 and returned to complete his education on a baseball scholarship at Michigan State University.
After graduating from Michigan State with a degree in Education, he was recruited by the Tigers and played on their minor-league farm club until he suffered an injury to his pitching arm. Bill continued his passion for baseball scouting for the Detroit Tigers while teaching, coaching and serving as the Athletic Director at Cherry Hill High School in Inkster, MI. Later, he worked at Wayne Memorial High School as a Co-op Coordinator until his retirement. The family recalls wonderful memories of summers spent camping at Burroughs Farms and in northern Michigan.
Bill and Margie built a beautiful family home in Cedar, MI on Lime Lake in Leelanau County and wintered in Spring Hill, FL. Bill enjoyed golf, travel and his time with friends and family. Bill valued many deep and lifelong friendships.
After 50 years of marriage, Margie preceded Bill in death in 2003. Bill is survived by his six children: Anne McCauley (Kevin) of Marshall, MI, Bill Mills (Carol) of Littleton, CO, Julie Mills-Quigley of Howell, MI, Larry Mills (Su) of Houston, TX, Eileen Jewell (Richard) of Tampa, FL, and Jeanne Peltz (Tim) of Bath, MI; twelve grandchildren: Brett, Aaron, Courtney, Dustin, Brenna, Derek, Aubrey, Heather, Meaghan, Jake, Rachel and Adam and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Randall Mills, of Spring Hill, FL.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 21st, at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609. Bill's ashes will be interred in St. Mary Cemetery in Lake Leelanau, MI.
Cheryl Siemieniak-Kirila - Senior Class Photo
Sandra Bilokury - Senior Class Photo
Garry Romanik - Senior Class Photo
Alan Shaney - Senior Class Photo
3/26/2017 A very nice "mini" autobiography and invitation submitted by Alan Shaney, Class of '67
First, Thank you, Gracias, Salamat, and Khob-kun-Ka, to all who work and contribute to this site. Frankly, I am drawn to the deceased pages as I found that simply reading the names of former students and staff instantly brings back memories of my interactions with them on different levels. And I wonder what took some of them so early in life. I have led a far from conventional, safe life. One could easily categorize my life as reckless, carefree, irresponsible, often dangerous and even foolish. Yet, here I still am. Just lucky I guess.
Fifty years! I am Alan Shaney. Class of '67. My story. Most may not remember me. I think I was the first married student, when in my senior year at CHHS I married Myrna Humphries who completed her education, when becoming pregnant from me, in her Sophomore year at CHHS. After CHHS staff became aware of my sin (maybe they thought I would get the rest of the girls pregnant or influence said behavior in others) they called me to the office and informed me that I would be "permitted" to attend classes only and barred me from any and all extra-curricular activities including dances, games and even the commencement exercises at the then new Auditorium. They informed me of the latter just minutes before the ceremony began even though I had my cap and gown and my parents were there dressed to watch their first child graduate high school. I am, however, in the class of 1967 photo found at this site. The following fall, after graduation, and a series of menial jobs, I landed what was then considered to be a good and secure job at Ford's Wayne Assembly plant, just after the longest strike in their history.
I lasted there just short of 90 days and decided the factory thing wasn't for me. As I had plenty of time to think being an intellectually undisturbed assembly line worker, performing the same task 43 times per hour for 16 hours out of every 24 (I worked double shifts) I knew I was being well paid, but thought to myself that no matter how much someone is paying me they are making money off my labor. I decided that the only one that would make money off of me would be me. Thus, after December of 1967, I never had another "job". It wasn't always easy being self-employed, but it was never dull. And, it was, after all 1967 and southern California called. Call it good fortune or Karma but my best friend at the time, Jim Emberton, who, before joining the Marines, attended CHHS as did his sisters Elaine and Kathy, had just came back to the states from a tour in Viet Nam. He married Linda Lakey of CHHS, whose father owned a large Ford Dealership in Dearborn at the time, I was best man at the wedding. Dad gave them a new car to drive to California, his next duty assignment, and they invited myself, my wife Myrna and our first son, Shawn, to go to San Diego, specifically Ocean Beach, with them.
Life took off from there and rather than type a long story, (too many adventures and misadventures to relate here) I list below some of the places I have lived, time spent there and some of what I did for a living in the years since leaving Michigan, in order;
That takes care of about 42 years, the balance of the 50 years was spent traveling in India, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Viet Nam. As for "further" education, somewhere along about the middle of the above time period, I managed to complete University studies graduating Magna Cum Laude with a double major, Psychology and Social Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. I was invited to enter the graduate program but declined as I realized I was not going to use my further education for any sort of employment. During the past 50 years since graduation, I have also had 10 biological children. Eight from my first marriage to Myrna, Shawn, Mysty, Dylan, Holly, Amber, Mason, Sunshine, and Ryan. I have 19 biological grandkids, and 7 great-grandkids. Also, 1 daughter, Lolita age 11 currently living with her mom Jasmin in the Philippines. And one more daughter, Irish, age 7, living with me in Thailand. Mom lives in France. And life ain't over yet! I may just buy another beach, build another house on it and have more kids. If I can just find my glasses! Anyone who remembers me and has the time and desire to communicate and talk story, my email address is Tayamaanpalms@yahoo.com
C Bailey - Sr Class Photo