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Official Obituary of

Dr. William "Bill" Millar

April 21, 1936 ~ March 4, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Dr. William "Bill" Millar Obituary

Bill Millar (formally known as William Harvey Millar) passed away at home on Monday, March 4, 2024 at the age of 87. The son of the late William Harvey Millar and Edith Elma Ellis, he was born on Tuesday, April 21, 1936 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Bill always enjoyed referencing the fact that he shared a birthday with Queen Elizabeth II.

Bill graduated from Mt. Clemens High School in June 1954 and from The University of Michigan in August 1958 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and again in August 1962 with a Master of Science Degree in Dentistry. In June 1963 he entered the U.S. Army as a captain with the responsibility “of fighting tooth decay,” as Bill would say. He was a lifetime member of The University of Michigan Alumni Association

Upon completion of his time of service in the U.S. Army, Bill returned to Mt. Clemens, where he joined his father’s dental practice for three years. He then returned to The University of Michigan, where he received his Master of Science Degree in Orthodontics. In 1972, Bill moved to Petoskey, Michigan where he set up his practice in Orthodontics until his retirement in 2014. It gave Bill great satisfaction to know that he played a role in improving his patients' quality of life. He was a lifetime member of the American Association of Orthodontics and the American Dental Association.

Bill had several hobbies and interests. He thoroughly enjoyed building and flying remote control airplanes, and he had his pilot’s license. He even dabbled in driving remote control cars and boats. Being a potter gave him hours and hours of satisfaction; it also gave family and friends many pieces of pottery. He found pleasure in going to concerts and listening to jazz music, particularly musicians such as Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Parker and Art Blakey. He was particularly fond of Ella Fitzgerald’s voice. He even gave acting a shot by appearing in two Bay View productions: On Golden Pond and Blithe Spirit.

Perhaps Bill’s greatest pleasure came from his involvement with Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC). Not only was he a past Chairman of the Board of Directors, he served on numerous committees, such as Performing Arts and Visual Arts. What he enjoyed most of all was actively participating in hanging the art work for all of the shows. With his hammer, nails and measuring tools, he was in “hog heaven.” In 2016, Bill and his wife Jane received the Arts & Cultural Leadership eddi Award from CTAC.

Above all, Bill loved his family. Even though he would not admit it, one of his favorite times was when all of the children and grandchildren would get together. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his son James Harvey Millar. Surviving Bill are his wife Dr. Jane Millar; two daughters Karen Marie Kendall married to Dr. Rich Kendall, Kathryn (Kathy) Ann Millar and son David Russell Millar; two blended family sons Mitchell (Mitch) Byron Franseth, Gregory (Greg) Scott Franseth and one blended family daughter Mistelle (Misty) Langen; six grandchildren Garrett Wesley Langen-Muir, Roya Irene Franseth, Karina Jane Langen, Anthony Rostam Franseth, Cosmo Franseth, Ezra Michel Franseth; and Bill’s brother James Millar and his wife Beth.

“A Tribute to Bill Millar” followed by a reception will be held at 5:00pm on Friday, May 31, 2024 at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey Michigan. Please, give consideration to making a donation in memory of Bill either to Crooked Tree Arts Center, Northern Community Mediation or The University of Michigan Dental School.

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Memorial Celebration
May 31, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Crooked Tree Arts Ceneter - Petoskey
461 E Mitchell St
Petoskey, MI 49770
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