Miller, William "Bill"
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73, of Mesa, AZ passed away on July 4, 2014. Bill Miller was born in Champaign, Illinois on May 19, 1941 and died peacefully on July 4, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. He was a beloved friend, companion, father, brother and uncle. He was one of three children and is survived by his daughter, Dianne Miller, and her partner, Troy Friedman, Sandra Simmons, his partner, and her son, Jeff Manring, and her granddaughter, Alexys, his sister, Katy Shands, and her husband Henry, his sister-in-law, Clara Miller, and many nieces and nephews. Bill attended South Side Elementary School, Champaign Junior High and Champaign High School, where he participated in Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts and was on the tennis team. While attending University of Illinois he participated in ROTC. He graduated from U of I with a degree in mechanical engineering and earned a Master's in Business Administration from Michigan State University. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1963 - 1965 and was stationed in Michigan. He worked for Oldsmobile in Lansing before moving to Arizona in 1968. He worked for Motorola and retired after 30 years as a technology program manager in 1998. He continued to stay in touch with his work colleagues through monthly lunches and other shared interests. Bill loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hiking and especially riding his quad bike at the dunes. He was active in the contra dance community, serving on the Board of Phoenix Traditional Music and Dance, storing and hauling sound equipment and assisting newcomers to feel welcome. He enjoyed working in his shop, turning wood, welding and other creative pursuits. He participated in a men's group for twenty-five years and served as a volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He will be missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him as a caring, generous, and fun-loving man. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm at New Vision Center, 18010 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 17, 2014