June 21, 1927 to July 29, 2015

Born and lived in Lansing, Michigan his entire life.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Joann E. (Border), his parents Fred and Mabel (Berridge), and two brothers Fred (Helen) and Jerry Mills.

He is survived by brother Ray (Phyllis) Mills; sister Linda (Gordon) Hassler; sister-in-law, Patti; his children, Michael (Marsha) of Port Huron, Douglas (Kristen) of Alexandria, VA, and daughter Cindy (Raymond) Rubio of Grand Ledge; 7 grandchildren: Melissa MacQueen-Smith (Mills), Lindsey (Victor) Hamburger, Kirsten Mills, Lacey (Matthew) Horner, Briana (Tommy) Burk, Selena Rubio (Justin Bliesener), Cody Rubio; 8 great-grandchildren: Ian MacQueen, Meredith Smith, Isabel Edgar, Henrik Hamburger, Chase Horner, Sam Burk, Riley Horner and Brantley Bliesener (due 9/2015); and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Bud graduated from JW Sexton High School in the Class of 1945. He was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers of MLB, but instead served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the occupation of Japan. He married Joann E. (Border) in 1948.

He served for 12 years as an East Lansing Firefighter while apprenticing to become a Landscape Architect (LA). After achieving his L.A. license he was a Principle in the firm of Grables, Mills & Young for over 40 years. His major professional achievements included the national Award Winning Manistee Marina, the Master Plans of Saginaw Valley State University, Central Michigan University, Corona High School including their athletic complex, and the State of Michigan Secondary Complex.

His civic activities included many years as a member of the Downtown Lansing Exchange Club including two terms as President. He served on the Lansing Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors for 20 years and was its Chairman for the concept and development of the current Lansing Convention Center.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church of Holt. Visitation is Thursday, July 30 from 6-9 p.m. at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the Church.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Holt Memorial Garden.

To view the entire obituary or leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.EstesLeadley.com

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10 Messages to “George Ellis “Bud” Mills”

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    Anonymous Says:

    Ray and Phyllis, I’m so sorry for your loss. Think of you so often and you’re in my prayers.

  2. 9
    Jim Haviland & Sherry McNally Says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Bud. He was sure a special man along with Joan. What an awesome couple. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love and Hugs…

  3. 8
    Theresa Weber Says:

    Dear Melissa Ian and Meredith,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    The loving memoir of your grandfather/ great grandfather is very touching.
    What an example to us all of a life well-lived.

    Kindly,
    Theresa

  4. 7
    Kailana Barnes Says:

    Mrs. Rubio,

    I was sorry to hear about your father. I will be thinking of you.

    Love,
    Kailana

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    Barb Jackson Says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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