Jerry Douglas Mills

Age 77, of Higgins Lake, MI, passed away July 9, 2014.  He was born in Lansing on April 19, 1937, the son of Frederick and Mabel (Berridge) Mills.

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.

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Kathy Mills
July 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Iam so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers

Ron and Sandy Middaugh
July 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

Although we are now living in Indiana, our thoughts and prayers are with you Patti and your entire family. We are extremely saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was a good friend and a great supervisor and we will miss him. God bless.

Susan Trojanowicz
July 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm

My sympathy and prayers to you, Patti, for your loss.

You may not remember me but my husband and Jerry knew each other from the FOP and criminal justice days. I remember Jerry’s great smile while serving the shrimp at the all-you-can-eat shrimp dinners at the FOP and at the FOP pig roast many years ago. He was a cheerful and hard worker at these events all to make it most enjoyable for others.

May God bless you and comfort you.

Kip Williams
July 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Rest in peace Jerry, your work is finished. I will see you in the next life.

Luann Cook-White
July 11, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Growing up I got used to seeing Jerry around often. My mom and dad were very close friends with him and of course Patti. They thought the world of you both. My mom will be thrilled to be able to discuss Farwell with Jerry again. My thoughts and prayers to you Patti and your family. God bless.

Suzanne Moore
July 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Jerry was one of the best bosses I had the pleasure of working for. May the cherished memories you hold dear bring you comfort and may knowing that he is in God’s loving embrace bring you peace.


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