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Roy Elijah Bills, 81, of Howard City, Michigan, went to be with the Lord October, 24, 2017 after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. An artist, a home builder, and all-around people lover, Roy left behind many friends and family members who remember him with love. He was a story teller who loved to tell jokes. Each year, he gave away hundreds of jars of pickles, tomatoes and freezer jam to everyone in town, family members, and anyone who dropped by for a visit. Roy was a great and respected man, husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather. Roy is survived by first wife of 25 years, Ann E. (Wright), mother of his children: daughter Rachel A. Bills (Ed Tusing), son Leroy (Yog) and wife (Kathy) and daughter Melody Mazurek. He married Arlene (Force), his wife and partner for 38 years. Arlene brought four sons into the marriage whom Roy loved. They are: Dennis (Cheryl) Force, Don (Cindy) Force, Dave (Lisa) Force, Scott (Toni) Force. Roy has 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Surviving also are three of Roy’s siblings: Louise Culver, Luella Ludlow and Lorraine Moore (Phil). Preceded in death are siblings: Robert, Wayne, Raymond, Ray, Loretta Scram and Roger. Roy wanted everyone to know that his life-long best buddy, Bill Spence, was by his side through his illness and the last days of his life. For more information and stories about Roy, visit the Heckman Funeral Home web site. Family received visitors at Heckman Funeral Home, 225 E. Edgerton St., Howard City, MI, on Friday, Oct. 27 from 6-9 p.m. A funeral service was held at the VFW hall in Howard City, 1001 Ensley St. at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Reynolds Township Cemetery, W. Almy Rd. in Howard City. A meal was served afterward at the VFW hall. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be given to the VFW or Faith Hospice.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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