He was a 1956 graduate of J. W. Sexton High School and was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served for six years. He served two years with the East Lansing Police Dept., and 28 years with the Lansing Police Dept., retiring as Acting Chief. Following retirement from LPD he was the Security Administrator for the Board of Water and Light for 13 years. Jerry was an avid golfer in the Lansing P.H. League; played basketball until he was 72; and was very active in the Old Newsboys Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and Meals on Wheels. He was a member of the Lansing Community Credit Union (DFCU) Board of Directors for over 30 years. Jerry’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Patti; 4 children, Craig (Kathy) Mills, Patrick Mills, Kelli (Mark) Hansen, Shaun (Tasha) Mills; 7 grandchildren, Emma, Cailey, Carson, Zachary, Anna, Alissa, and Mitchell; 2 brothers, Bud Mills, Ray (Phyllis) Mills; sister, Linda (Gordie) Hassler; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Fred Mills.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014 at St. Casimir Catholic Church, 815 Sparrow Ave., with The Rev. Msgr. Bernard Reilly as Celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The Lansing Police Dept. will provide an Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI 48933, from 4-7 p.m. Sunday where a Scripture Service will be held at 7 p.m. The family will receive friends at the Church from 10 a.m. until Mass time on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice of Grayling.