William Miller

William Holme Miller

Tuesday, March 18th, 1947 - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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William “Bill” Miller passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2019. He was born March 18, 1947 in Toomsuba, Mississippi. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1966. He obtained a Nursing Degree from Kellogg Community College. He also studied at Eastern Michigan University. He was a straight A student and a member of the Honor Society. He served in the military and was stationed in Korea.

In high school he held the record for the fastest pin in wrestling of 10 seconds, nicknamed “Sugar Bear”. He is also known for his other wrestling accomplishments in high school such as regional and state champ, 6A champ, and 2nd in state finals. He married his first wife, Louanne (Marshall) Miller in 1970 – 2010.
Bill was known for his big smile, contagious laugh and a love of life and people. He was very outgoing and social, he loved talking to friends, family and even strangers. Bill loved his sports, music and Y&R. He loved music so much that one of his hobbies was being a DJ in his spare time. He enjoyed dancing, gardening, and seeing any project to completion. He treasured playing with all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bill retired from the Battle Creek VA Medical Center with 41 years of service as a RN Nurse Manager in 2009.

Bill is survived by his wife; Cheryl Miller, children; Leslie Miller, LaShon Miller(Susan), Connika Hudson, Leland Miller(Daleena), step-daughters; Jennifer and Brittany, siblings; Joseph Miller, Arizona, Betty Howlett, Battle Creek, Dianne Miller-Adamore (Allen) Ohio, Gregory Miller, Grand Rapids, Sandra Miller, Battle Creek, Connie Miller, Oregon, Deborah Crawford (Gerald), Battle Creek, many grandchildren, Alexis, Leyanna, Lorenzo, Cierra, Denisha, Anicka, Brandon, Bryce, Lauryn, Breland, Kimorah, Aaliyah, Olivia, Gracelyn, Kensi, Vivian, Blair, Carver and Tanner plus great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his father, Joseph Miller, mother, Kathleen Miller, brother, Jerry Miller and son Larry “Tony” Miller.

During the visitation on Thursday from 6-8, the family will be present to share memories and stories of William.

In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s name to Jehovah's Witness, 561 O Dr N, Battle Creek, MI 49017 or The Diabetes Association, 20700 Civic Center Dr Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Service

    Friday, May 17th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 17th, 2019 11:00am
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Constantine Tgiros

Posted at 01:44pm
It hardly seems possible that it has been a year since Billy passed away. Again my sincerest condolences to all of Billy's family. Those of us that teach and coach often have a different relationship with our "kids." Actually, Billy started wrestling a little late. He came to us as a sophomore but in that short length of time, he became an excellent wrestler. If he had not been sick when he wrestled in the state finals I'm sure he would have been the champion. He did tell my wife but begged her not to share it with me. That was the type of competitor Billy was. A total team man. He was also a bit of a rascal. Billy often got into the heads of the other teams. My wife and children also miss Billy. He was taken from us all too soon.

Constantine "Sonny" Tgiros

L. Sosa

Posted at 01:43pm
We were saddened to read about Bill’s passing. May the many fond memories of him sustain you during this most difficult time. And may you find comfort in our Creator’s promises to reunite us with our beloved ones again, in a world where the causes of pain and sorrow will be a thing of the past. How exciting it will be to see him again doing all things he loved. Forever find comfort reading Isaiah 25:8, which promises that our tears of mourning will end when death is done away with. Our sincerest condolences to the Family.

Darlene Weimer

Posted at 08:30pm
My heartfelt condolences to the Miller family at this very sad time. Billy (as I always knew him by) and I grew up in the same west end side of Battle Creek and my 4 sisters and I played with Billy and his siblings a lot because they lived in back of where we lived on Michigan Avenue. From Ann J Kellogg to our Bearcat days--and Billy might not have been very tall, but he was mighty and always very nice. I didn't see Billy after graduation for about 40+ years and then one day a couple years ago I I ran into him and his wife shopping in Kalamazoo at Macy's, his wife was modeling some dresses for him to get his approval when he just happened to look up and see me and said "OMG , you have to be an Uptgraft girl"- we gave each other a hug and laughed and he introduced me to his beautiful wife and we shared a couple stories of "back in the day, when we were kids". And, it was so funny, but it seemed like every time I went to a store here in BC, we would run into each other again---and he would ALWAYS get that big smile on his face and we would just laugh---his smile would lite up a room, he was so funny. I was so shocked to read the sad news of him passing when I opened the Shopper News today. May God wrap his arms around ALL of Billy's family and comfort you at this very difficult time. Rest in Peace Billy!
One of you many childhood friends,
Darlene (Uptgraft) Weimer

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Posted at 09:27pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Kimberlee Ann Hale

Posted at 05:02pm
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. I worked as a housekeeper at the VA where Bill was the nurse Manager. Best nurse Manager ever. He always had a way to make you laugh and smile! You will be missed!

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