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John Michael Milling - Leuzinger Counselor/Coach/Teacher
December 26, 1930 - January 16, 2019

Mike Milling died at home surrounded by his family. He resided in Indianola WA, in a mall village on the east shore of Puget Sound, with his beautiful loving wife Sue Ritter Milling. On April 5th 2019, they will have been married 63 years.

He graduated from Loyola University earning a BA in Education in 1952.

Mike and Sue have five children Judy Milling Marks and Robert; Bob Milling and Barbara; Kate Milling Yonezawa and Jiro; John Milling and Emi; Terri Milling Hakim (and William, dearly departed). And, ten grandchildren; Drew Milling; Christian Milling; Desmond Milling; John Milling; Kai Yonezawa; Page Hakim; Victor Hakim; Des Marks; Angee Milling; Seiji Milling.

A family Celebration of Life will be held this summer. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Indianola Beach Community Improvement Club.


'To all of Mikes students that he taught at Leuzinger and friends from his Loyola I want you to know He died today at home with his family. He was always so thrilled he had learn to connect with people he loved Thank you Sue Milling.'


'We are so sad that our great Dad, Husband, friend, teacher, uncle and compadre has moved on to a better place. He was filled with the love and friendship of all the people he touched over the years. Such a fun ride he had, one we can all aspire to.' Bob Milling


'Received a message from Sue Milling through Mr. J Michael Milling's Facebook page that he passed away yesterday with his family by his side. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the Milling family. All of us who had the privilege to know this kind and wonderful man will never forget him being a big part of our high school years.' Vivian De Los Santos-Martin


'Dear Mr. J Michael Milling,

I was thinking about you today, and thought I'd write you a note. Your job as counselor must've been a hard one, given the diversity of our student body and the fact that you were dealing with a group of hormonal kids that would arrive as youngsters, but in four years, would be expected to leave as young adults. You supervised that, and I am so thankful for your impact on my life.

I know I wasn't a troublemaker, but I was (and still am) sassy, and as a result was sent to your office on multiple occasions. As all kids do, I believed I was right and the teacher sending me to you was wrong. You always allowed me to share my side and sometimes even agreed with me, but if you thought I was wrong, you told me. However, you did so in a way that allowed me to walk out with dignity instead of feeling belittled. That was a gift Mr. Milling. Thank you for it.

That old song 'You Believed In Me' comes to mind right now. You believed in us Mr. Milling. Please know that the classes at Leuzinger that had you as their counselor have not forgotten that.

I just thought you should know how thankful we are for your impact on our lives. I wrote it here on the Leuzinger page because I know there are many others that feel the same way. Thank you again. Sincerely, Marcia (Maynard) Murphey, Class of 1978'

Posted By: Terrence Poublon '81 - 01-19-2019
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