August 13, 1921 ~ April 24, 2009
Aug 13, 1921 - April 24, 2009
Bill, a long time Manhattan Beach resident, was one of the first to move into the Liberty Village development in 1950, shortly after 5 years of service in the US Army during World War II, and stations at Moffett Field, Minter Field, and Iwo Jima. He worked for Western Airlines, and North American Rockwell (Gemini, Apollo, B-1). Over the years, Bill was actively involved in the community, as a service leader in many ways. His contributions included: Honorary Lifetime P.T.A., Committee Chairman Cub Scouts, Indian Guides, President of Flag Football, and Y.M.C.A. fundraising. He helped construct the field, and was twice President of Manhattan Beach Premier Little League Baseball, and on the Board of Directors. He pressed for Title 9 equality for Women's athletics at Aviation High School when it wasn't popular. He went on to be an active participant at City Hall, Neighborhood Watch Commander, and supporter of creation of the Veterans Memorial in Manhattan Beach. Bill was a huge fan of UCLA athletics, and attended numerous sporting events involving his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Marjorie Stillians, and his 6 children - Carolyn Shiffer of UT, Darrell Stillians of Hawthorne, CA, Christopher Stillians of Manhattan Beach, CA, Paul Stillians of Redondo Beach, CA, Mark Stillians of Flagstaff, AZ, and Heidi Roberts of Manhattan Beach, CA. Bill is also survived by 15 Grandchildren, and 4 Great-Grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be from 6pm - 9 pm, on Wed. May 6th in the Chapel at Rice Mortuary, Torrance. Immediately following a Color Guard and Flag presentation, the family invites you to share your remembrances, in the reception area accompanied by Bill's favorite treats (candy of course!). A portion of Bill's remains will be inurned at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Disabled American Vets (DAV.org).
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