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.
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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.