William (Billy) James Mills of Fort Collins died May 3, 2001, at his home of cancer. He was 55.

Mr. Mills was born May 4, 1945, at American Fork, Utah, to Eleanor and Tommy Mills. He married Janie Lyons Dec. 28, 1977, in Hayden.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam era who served on the USS Constitution carrier.

He retired from Peabody Coal Co. as a tippel foreman at the Kayenta mines in Arizona. He resided in Page, Ariz., and after retirement, he moved to Fort Collins in 1998.

Mr. Mills was an avid football and race-car fan. He enjoyed these two sports to the fullest. He loved the old muscle cars and the oldies "rock 'n' roll" songs.

He is survived by his wife, Janie Mills of Fort Collins; a daughter, Tracy Hanley of Tyler, Texas; his mother, Eleanor Mills McEntee; a stepfather, John McEntee of Fort Collins; a brother, Pat McNew of Livermore; a cousin, David L. Jones of Fort Collins; an aunt, May Brunner of Cory; and two granddaughters, Kiera and Kristen Hanley of Tyler, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tommy Mills.

A memorial service was at 2 p.m. May 11, 2001, at Bohlender Funeral Chapel in Fort Collins. A graveside service was at 2 p.m. May 12, 2001, at the Hayden Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the William Mills Memorial Fund in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Fort Collins, 80521.


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