William F. Mills II
May 28, 1935-Oct- 16, 2012
CULVER — William F Mills II, 77, of Culver, passed away Oct. 16, 2012 at his daughter’s home.
Longtime Culver educator, Bill Mills served as elementary, junior high principal and superintendent from 1971 to 1995. He loved the school and enjoyed the students, staff, and parents. He loved his job. Bill was always very visible to the community and the people. He had a large family of seven children.
He was born in Hamilton, Ohio, the son of William F. and Mildred Major (McQueen) Mills. He became a baptized Christian at the age of 12. His grandparents, Truman and Golda (Orem) Major owned a meat market and grocery store in Oxford, Ohio and Brookville.
Bill served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge from both. Bill earned his B.A. from Miami University in 1959. He majored in social studies and English. He taught junior high at Roosevelt School in Hamilton, Ohio, and high school at Carthage.
Bill received his master’s degree in school administration from Indiana University in 1969. He became elementary principal at Blooming Grove and served for nine years before coming to Culver. Bill received his specialist in education degree from Ball State University in 1994. He was elected to the Culver Town Board and served a four-year term. Bill was a life member of Finney Shilling VFW Post 6919 and a member of the Monterey American Legion Post 399.
After Bill retired from Culver Schools he spent many days walking his dog, Scout, and sitting in front of his house, happy to be in Culver and see the people. Bill had two great-great-grandfathers who served as Union soldiers in the Civil War. His father served in the U.S. Navy in WWII, his grandson Cody served four years in the U.S. Marines and his grandson Kyle served in the U.S. Army in Iraq.
Bill collected gravy boats, Elvis items, and had a Marilyn Monroe decorated room. He studied the Civil War and had most of the classics of literature.
Bill is survived by his children — William F (Anita) Mills III of Greenwood, John C (Kelly) Mills of Plymouth, Jeff L. (Lori) Mills of Plymouth, Mildred Colleen (Steve Penrod) Mills of Plymouth, Dustin A. Mills of Indianapolis, and David O. (Jennifer) Mills of Granger; sisters Joanne McQueen of Oxford, Ohio and Sylvia Shibley of Brownsville; brothers Sonny of Las Vegas, Nev., Dale of Hamilton, Ohio, and Dan McQueen of Upland; 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two nieces, and 10 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Derek Mills, one grandson, and one great-granddaughter.
A time of visitation will be held at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 from 12 to 3 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Burial will follow at Culver Masonic Cemetery with military rites by Finney Shilling VFW Post 6919.
Memorials may be given to the Humane Society, Hope Hospice, or Finney Shilling VFW Post 6919.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com .
The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.