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Millard Duane Stillings
Millard Duane StillingsHarnessRacingMillard Duane Stillings, 80, of Richwood passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday morning, October 25, 2008.  He was born June 26, 1928 in Irwin to the late Millard and Margaret (Thomas) Stillings.

On September 23, 1951 he married JoAnn Cramer and she survives.

He was a lifelong farmer as well as working in other agriculture-related professions.  He was a member of Richwood First United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities.  Among Duane’s many other community involvements, he was Claibourne Township Clerk for 24 years, Richwood Fair Board Member/Treasurer/Honorary Member, Up & Coming 4-H Club Advisor, Mt. Carmel Lodge F&AM for more than 50 years, Union County Shrine Club, 32nd Degree Mason more than 50 years and 25-year member of Scottish Rite, Richwood Lions Club, American Legion, Richwood Civic Center, where he was active in men’s Breakfast Group, Union Soil & Water Conservation Board, Milford Center Grange, member of Championship Softball Team, enjoyed harness racing as a spectator and participant in the Grumpy Old Men stable, lifelong fan of the Columbus Clippers, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and OSU Ladies Basketball.  His favorite place to visit was Branson, Missouri.  He was a graduate of Hilliard High School, FFA Chapter President and State Farmer Degree, 1946, and was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force.  He dedicated his life to his family, his faith, his farm, and his community.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, JoAnn Stillings, three daughters, Trudy (Alan) Anders, New Albany; Lisa Stillings, Dublin; Kay (Pat) French, Delaware; a son, Ron (Debbie) Stillings, Beavercreek; grandchildren, Adam French; Brian French, Emily Stillings; two sisters, Karma (Don) Wuertz, Delaware; Beth (William) Zeallear, Columbus and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Milton Stillings.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM in the First United Methodist Church, Richwood with Pastor Joe Rhea officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Richwood Area Veterans.  Friends may call from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday, at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood where Masonic Services will be held at 8:00.

Memorial gifts may be made to North Union Personal Needs Pantry, c/o First United Methodist Church, 18 S. Fulton St., Richwood, OH  43344.

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#1 from: Dr. Wayne Evans
North Canton, Ohio
Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Dear Mrs. Stillings,
I am sorry for the news that your husband died today. He was always an encouragement to me whether it was through FFA or my dad's farm. I still count it a blessing that you were my 2nd grade teacher! And Kay was a good friend all through school at NUHS. May the Lord bless you through the days ahead.

#2 from: Leslie and Dale Halon
Westerville, OH
Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Please know we are by your side in your grief and accept our heartfelt sympathies and love.

#3 from: Pat & Lou Halon
Raynham, MA
Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Dear Trudy & Alan,

We are saddened by your loss, and have you both in our prayers and thoughts. Having gone through this over the last two weeks we know how difficult the loss of a parent is. Please know that we share in your sadness.

#4 from: Alicia Rife
Myrtle Beach, SC
Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 4:30 PM

We are all so sorry to hear about the passing of Duane.  He will be truly missed by many.  Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  We pray that God will give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.  We are out of state on vacation but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Scott and Lou Ann Davis
Logan, Alicia and Kailee Rife
Betty McNickle
Nathan, Kea and Cohen Burns

#5 from: Johna Nibert
Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 6:22 AM

Dear Joan and family,
   So sorry to hear of Duane's passing away. You have our deepest sympathy. He alway seemed so happy and with a smile on his face.
                          Bill and Johna

#6 from: Dirk & Gina
Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Dearest JoAnn, May the lord hold you tight as you proceed through these turbulent times. Rest assured Duanne is in our Father's house, at peace and happy forever more. Our prayers will continue as always for you and your family, with all our love, Dirk & Gina, pax vobiscum.

#7 from: Kandi Krebehenne
Richwood, Ohio
Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Dear JoAnn and Family,
I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Duane.  He was a very special man and will be missed by all who knew him.  His pride in community and faith will be greatly missed.  He was very supportive of me as youth at the church and during my high school athletic days.  He was always teasing me about kissing boys back then, what a character.  My thoughts and prays are with all of you.

Kandi Krebehenne

#8 from: Paul(Gene) & Joanne Tevis
Lake Wales, Fl
Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Dear JoAnn and family,
Please accept our sympathy in the passing of Duane, we will surely miss him when we go to Carlyle's on Mon night as it was a joy to see and talk to him and see his smile.  

Paul(Gene) and Joanne Tevis

#9 from: Joe Kirby
Richwood, Ohio
Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Dear Joann,
my best wishes and prayers for you and the family at this time. God provides for his children with comfort and solice, I know His presence will be felt. I will pray the next few days will go smoothly and the memories of Duane's life will supply good thoughts in the days to come.

#10 from: George Ferguson
548 Sea Holly Dr. Brooksville Fl. 34604
Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Hi Joann. I know that you have lost a great Husband.He was a great guy aim sorry that i cant be their.He was a dear friend of mine also.what a great-loss my prayers are with you and your Family.George Ferguson 548 Sea Holly Dr.BrooksVille Fl.

#11 from: Rick & Julie Ross
Richwood, OH
Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 9:43 PM

Dear JoAnn & Family,
We are deeply saddened by Duane's passing.  Duane will be greatly missed by us and by the community.  He always had a smile on his face whenever we saw him.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.  May you find comfort and peace by being surrounded with family and friends.  
Rick & Julie Ross

#12 from: Dan & Patti Krebehenne
Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Joann and family,

Cherish those fondest memories of Duane.  He was such a favorite of all who had the pleasure of knowing him.  He is surely at peace.  We send our heartful sympathy and share our joy of having a friend like Duane.  Our prayers are with you all.

#13 from: Judy and Jim Ferguson
Houston, PA
Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Our condolences to you Joanne, and your family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.  Jim and Judy Ferguson

#14 from: Rex & Cheri Cramer
Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 12:59 PM

JoAnn and family,

 We are sorry to hear of Duane's passing.  He was a warm, friendly man, a man of good humor and great faith.  Our family and the community will miss him.  God bless.

Rex & Cheri Cramer

#15 from: Sue Dolan
Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 9:18 PM

JoAnn, My sympathy to you and your family. Pat send me the notice. May your memories help you through this time. Sue

#16 from: Dan & Phyllis Cramer
Deerfield Beach, Fl
Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Dear Joan - Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.  Duane was a good guy and we know you will miss him.  We will keep you in thoughts.
Love, Phyllis & Dan

#17 from: Ronda Smith Hisle
Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 8:41 PM

JoAnn, I was sadden to hear of Duane's passing. He was always a kind and gentle friend and neighbor.Please accept my condolences. You and all your children are in my thoughts and prayers. God strengthen you. Ronda

#18 from: Don and Mary Fisher
Sarasota,, Florida
Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Dear JoAnn and family
Duane has been a loyal friend (of Don) since 4th grade and was Mary's date to the Hilliard High School Senior prom.  When we visited, last summer, we knew that the end was near.  So sad. Now he is in a Better Place.  We offer our prayers to his family.

#19 from: Karen Elaine Landon
Ft.Pierce, Fl.
Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 6:46 AM

  Joan and family, Just recieved the newspaper, and learned of Duane's passing.  You have my deepest sympathy. We are never ready for the loss of a spouse or loved one..Karen Landon, Ft. Pierce, Fl.

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