John Edward Mills, devoted husband to Sharon and beloved father of Laurie, Michael (Shannon), and Heather passed away April 5, 2016 at the age of 75. He was born to Edward and Ardelle Mills on December 12, 1940 who proceeded him in death. Along with his wife and children, John is survived by his sister Cathie (Ron) Olson; niece Carrie of Enumclaw; sister Judy (Jim Fuschetti) Mills of Washington D.C.; stepmother Mary Mills of Des Moines; stepbrother Stuart (Stephanie Yates) Leonard of Seattle; stepbrother Ron (Pamela) Leonard of Portland, OR; and stepsister Penny (Rick) Swenson of Bonney Lake. John and Sharon fell in love while attending Federal Way High School and would have celebrated 55 years of marriage this June. John enjoyed photography, travel, and a good bottle of wine. He adored his wife first and foremost and enjoyed every moment he spent with her. John's work life included years spent with General Electric Credit Corporation, Boeing, Virginia Mason Medical Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. A career change decision took him into commercial real estate with Wright Runstad, The Opus Group, and CP Management, where he retired at age 65. Nine years ago John and Sharon retired to condo living in Bellingham where their daughter Heather has lived since her graduation from Western Washington University. John immediately took an active role in all aspects of condo living, including a tenure as condominium association board president. For the past year and a half John found great joy in following his son Michael and wife Shannon's adventures as they travel the world on their motorcycles. A celebration of John's life will be held Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 pm at Lairmont Manor (405 Fieldston Road, Bellingham, WA 98225). Dessert reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Apr. 17, 2016