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William "Bill" Mills

February 10, 1953 October 10, 2018
William "Bill" Mills
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William L. “Bill” Mills, 65, a long-time resident of the Manning community, passed quickly from a heart attack, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, while hiking with a dear friend in Hebo, Oregon.

WILLIAM LEONARD MILLS was born February 10, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late
William Francis Mills and Lorraine (Fritz) Mills. He was raised and educated in Chicago. He graduated high school in 1970, and went on to major in History at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Bill later earned a Master of Science from University of Oregon in 1990.

He married his college sweetheart, Renee E. Froehlich on August 13, 1977 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Crystal Lake, Illinois. They celebrated their 41st Wedding Anniversary this past August. Following their marriage, they resided in Santa Clara, California, until 1978 when they moved to North Plains, Oregon. They eventually settled in Manning, Oregon where they have resided since 1982.

Bill worked for AMD, Inc. in Santa Clara, California, then Intel in Aloha, Oregon as an Integrated Circuit Designer. He later worked for Mentor Graphics as an Applications Engineer. As his career developed, he worked in various managerial positions for Cascade Design Automation, Synopsys, and Cadence Design Systems. Through his work Bill traveled to countries around the globe.

Outside of his work, Bill played strategic boardgames with close friends and read extensively. He had a lifelong love of nature including hiking, backpacking, and camping. After retirement, Bill delved into the family genealogy, reaching-out to distant relatives that he encountered through his research and traveling with his wife across the globe to meet them. Additionally, he was a long-time member of the United Church of Christ and became a Stephens Minister.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lorraine Mills. Survivors include his wife, Renee Mills; his three daughters and a son-in-law, Jennette Mills, of Lahaina, Hawaii; Katherine and Christopher Gallo, of San Diego, California; and Laura Mills, of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Additionally, surviving Bill are his grandson, Theodore Hugo Gallo; his sister, Cheryl Lucas; and his two nephews Roger Lucas, Mark Lucas and his spouse Erin Lucas, who reside in Elkhart, Indiana.

His family requests that remembrances be contributed to a fund for his grandchild, in his memory.

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