Donald L. Bills



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Greece: Peacefully, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at age 94. Predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Marjorie V. Bills; brothers and sister, Clarabel; Howard, Elmer, Dayton. Survived by his daughters, Sharon (Hans) Van Bennekom, Donna Crowley (Elwin Schmitz); 4 grandchildren, Christopher (Shann), Kimberley (Dean), Melissa, Timothy (Megan); 8 great grandchildren; many special nieces and nephews. Donald retired as Production Manager at the Chicago Plant of Eastman Kodak Co. after 40 years of service. He was a lieutenant commander of the United States Navy teaching Fighter Pilots during World War II. He was a Mason and a lifelong member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He was a proud honorable gentleman and respected by many. Friends may call Sunday 1-4 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. His Memorial Service will be held Monday 1:00 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church in his memory.


  1. Bob Armstrong on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    A marvelous gentleman, one who we were privileged to work with.

  2. Kathy Pflaumer-Bush & Jim Bush on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Donna and Sharon, I’m very sorry to hear about your Dad. No one called me or I would have been at the funeral calling hours and funeral today. He was a great guy and very much a gentleman. He will be sadly missed. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. Again, my condolences to you both and your families. Take care and may God bless all of you. Love, Kathy PS Sandy sends her condolences also.

  3. Al Schmitz on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Don, With you I have had a year and a half of love, admiration and respect. I now know Donna’s source. Your upbringing, your Kodak career, your Navy experience, Page airways, building a cottage, being a Kodak tour guide, being dignified, and loving Donna make you an accomplished man. Thank you. Al

  4. Anon on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Don, You are an intriguing, interesting man. Establishing parenting classes in elemenatry schools is another of your excellent concepts. Oh, were it so.

  5. Darlene Inclema on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Donna I am truly sorry for your great loss. There is nothing stronger than a bond between a father and a daughter. You were truly blessed to have that bond. Cherish those memories, especially in the days ahead. I truly do understand your loss. Thinking of you today and always.

  6. Jeanne Loysen on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Donna, I was sorry to hear of your father’s death. I arrived home from NJ late Monday after caring for my two grandchildren for five days and was reading the newspaper and saw the death notice. I am sorry for your loss. My Dad will be 92 Nov.26 and he lives with me, as he suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. Call me if you’d like to re-connect after all these years. Jeanne Loysen 288-1276

  7. Donna on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I was blessed to have been your daughter. You taught me so much throughout my life. You were my rock. Not only did you walk the walk but you lived by the talk. Your tremendous faith helped me to understand that although I miss you terribly, I know you went home and I will see you once again. Say hello to Mom for me. Thank you so much for always being there. I LOVE YOU now and forever. XOXOXO

  8. Jean Puidokas on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear about your dad, grandfather, great grandfather passing away. He was a wonderful man.

  9. Ruth Rutyy on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Wonderful man. Also remembering his many trips as a tour guide.

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