James David Mill
1938 – 2021
Jim passed away at home on July 12, 2021 after a battle with heart disease at age 82. Jim was born in Columbus, Montana on Dec. 21, 1938 to Elizabeth and David Mill.
After several family moves with custom farming, Jim attended Belfry High School and Billings Senior High. After high school Jim joined the Navy where he spent five years and served at N.A.S. Guam. After the Navy he returned to Billings where he met his wife of 58 years, Dorothy (Whitmus). Upon his return Jim worked at Midland Material with Uncle Hank and Miracle Gas, where he was in the January propane explosion of 1963. After recovery Jim landed a job with Strongs Crane Service where he was always proud and made sure everyone knew that he worked for three generations of family ownership; Don Strong, Dick Strong, and Doug Strong. In his 37 years at Strongs he became an accomplished crane operator and well respected in the profession. In a ride across town with Dad he always had to point out the buildings they did crane work on. It was either we helped hang the iron, set the air conditioning units on the top; he always had a story about how he and his co-workers at Strongs had a hand in building the buildings with their crane work. He loved cranes and Strongs Crane Service.
Jim enjoyed boating, camping, and fishing, and he also enjoyed target shooting with his friends Jim and Jeremy.
You could always find Jim doing yard work on his John Deere tractor, and whether it was taking care of the Little League fields or doing his yard, he was never satisfied until everything looked just right and it showed.
Dad, thank you for being a family provider, a great husband, and a great dad.
Jim is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Dave, daughter Sis (Donnetta) Donny Graham, brother Richard (Connie), sisters Dorothy Hartung, Helen Crable, and Marge Johnson (Chuck).
Jim is preceded in death by his parents and daughter Darcy Mill.
Thank you to the Billings Clinic doctors and the support staff, Bella Terra, The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana, and Kathy with Hospice.
Per Jim's request there will be no funeral or memorial services.
Memorials may be made to the Billings Clinic Foundation.