William
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). Please use this website to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services. Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. Thanks for being such a wonderful grandfather, Grandpa. Thanks for supporting me in everything and for stressing the importance of getting a good education. Thanks for setting such a good example of community involvement. Because of you, I have been more involved in my own community. I love you and miss you so very much, Grandpa. Love, Sierra P.S. This is for you Grandpa–Go Bruins and Lakers!

  2. Carly – Wish we could be there to give you a big hug. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll never forget the twinkle in your grandfather’s eye. You have a wonderful heritage and you are a wonderful granddaughter. We’ll be in LV with Brooks and his grandfather the evening of the event. Please pass our condolences on to your family for us.

  3. Dear Heidi, Your dad was such a great guy. We can still see him sitting next to your mom in his lawn chair watching you coach. Much love, Jack and Maureen

  4. One couldn’t imagine a better grandfather than my grandpa. I have been so blessed with 22 years of support, unconditional affection, laughs, hugs, kisses, cuddles, and undying endless love love love. I am so lucky to have spent almost every single day of my life thus far, with such a truly great man, husband, father, grandfather, citizen, and friend. My love sincerely and forever, Carly

  5. Heidi My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I am really sorry for your loss. Your soccer buddy Lynda

  6. I’m so sorry to hear that Bill passed. I always referred to him as Grandpa Stillians. Sierra and I had some good times at his house while he and his sweet wife babysat us two crazy girls. He was a great man and had a full life. I know he will be the best guardian angel to all of those grand and great grandchildren of his.

  7. My daughter Megs played ball with Heather and I remember what fun it was when we played down south and Bill and Marge would come out to the games. What great stories he had. They so enjoyed the group and we so enjoyed them. They like Patty, Heather, Mark and Allison are like family to us. We will miss you Bill.

  8. “Hey big boy!” thats what i would always come home too. my grandfather always knew how to put a smile on everyones face and the littlest things made him happy. Just hearing my grandfather snikering in defeat because he made a sarcastic joke would light up my world. he made everything seem 100% better. for those who never had the honor and privlidge to meet my grandfather should know that he was an amazing grandfather, father and husband(even though he loved to pester my grandma, i believe it was his fancy way of showing his love for her)i couldnt imagine a better person than William Stillians. im sure your challenging everyone to races around the track right now. we love you gramps, your BIG BOY,Aaron

  9. Heidi and family, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. I always remember him at your house after school, with a smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your Friend Robin Quintero

  10. Hi everyone, We share your grief in Bill’s passing. Losing the people we love seems to be part of the rhythm of life but it is rarely, if ever, an easy time. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you in this time of loss. I think I remember Bill most from the time around Paul and Ronnie’s wedding. He had both a true sense for fun and mischief in his bones. A remarkable man… Our hearts reach out to you…. Most sincerely, (Ronnie’s Sister) Pat and (her Husband) Charles XOXOXOXO

  11. Mark & Pat, My condolences go out to you and your family. I enjoyed visiting with your dad, Bill at many of Heathers softball games and events. I remember him to be a good, happy, intelligent man that was a joy to be around. He always sported a big fat smile on his face and a kind mischievous sparkle in his eyes! My thoughts go out to you all! I am sure he will be immensely missed by so many!

  12. We are all creatures of this earth Interconnected in ways beyond understanding. Know that you are thought of with love during this difficult time.

  13. Well, Billy Boy you may have left us in body, but your spirit lives on amongst all of your loved ones. You have inspired many people and supported many a cause, you are a true HERO in War and in life. Live on my father-in-law where ever your spirit takes you. LOVE you always! Patty

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