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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  • 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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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!

Sonny Tgiros

Posted at 06:00pm
Constantine "Sonny" Tgiros
First of all our condolences to Billy's family. We are deeply sorry for you loss.
I was Billy Miller's wrestling coach at Battle Creek High School. He came to Jim (Jim Stiles, my assistant ) and me as a reject from the JV basketball team. All 5 foot plus of him. LIttle did we know that he would become one of the toughest young men we would ever coach. Billy exceeded all of our expectations. I think he still holds the record for the fastest fall of any Bearcat wrestler, 10 seconds. It would have been faster, but the referee was in such a state of shock that he didn't react fast enough to get in the proper position to call the fall. Another example of the determination and courage of Billy was his performance in the state wrestling tournament. He had a difficult semi final match. Billy was one point behind with five seconds go. He shot a takedown near the edge of the mat. I worked and as the referee raised his hand and said, "That's two points!", the buzzer sounded and Billy won the match. That put Billy into the championship finals. I didn't know at the time, Billy was sick. He kept it hidden from me and begged my wife, in a voice hat could hardly be heard, not to tell me. He had given his all in the semi-finals and had little left for the next match. He lost a close match, but in reaching the finals, he enabled Battle Creek to win their first, and of this date, their only state wrestling championship. How could you not love a competitor like that? Thanks, Billy for being the great person you became. We will miss you. You were also the best teaser we have ever known. My wife, Allison, nicknamed Billy "Sugar Bear>"

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