MILEY, William “Bill” Martin – of Burton, MI, age 85, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on Friday, February 7, 2020 at his residence. A Mass of Christian Burial, with Military Honors, will be celebrated 2 PM Monday, February 10, 2020 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 2-8 PM Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 1-2 PM Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6:30 PM Sunday, followed by a Memorial Service under the auspices of the Davison Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree Council #4090 and 4th Degree Assembly # 0523 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North End Soup Kitchen, or a charity of one’s choice, in Bill’s name.
Bill was born August 21, 1934 to the late Elbert Edward and Neta Alice (Burgess) Miley in Gibson, Missouri. Bill attended Flint area schools and graduated from Flint Northern High School in 1952 and shortly after enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served his country during the Korean War era from 1953 to1957. After leaving active military service, he was employed by the United States Postal Service and was very happily employed as a mail carrier until his retirement.
A large part of Bill’s life was his great love of the sport of Boxing. Bill was very active in amateur boxing in his teens and won the Flint Golden Gloves championship in the middle weight division. After leaving the Air Force, Bill began what became his lifelong hobby, boxing record keeping. He amassed a very large collection of records, both historical and current, and eventually published a monthly publication called the Midwest Boxing News which had subscribers throughout the world. He also published an annual book of boxing records called the American Boxing Record Book that was called in national boxing magazines the best amateur boxing record publication to date. Hundreds of copies of the book were sold throughout the world each year and are still widely collected by boxing enthusiasts. Bill was active in many other areas of boxing as well. For many years he worked as a fight judge throughout the United States, including serving as one of the judges of an international championship fight in Thailand. He arranged boxing matches and frequently assisted other boxing matchmakers and boxing managers in
finding appropriate fighters to set up matches with. Bill was employed as a State of Michigan Athletic Inspector for a number of years, working both boxing and professional wrestling matches. For a number of years, he arranged boxing matches at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant. Until recently, Bill was working on creating a database of boxing matches in the state of Michigan going back over a hundred and fifty years.
Bill was an active member of St. John Catholic Church in Davison for many years, serving on the church council and the annual festival for some time. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus (3rd and 4th degrees) and served as Faithful Navigator, among other offices.
His greatest source of happiness was his family, which was truly the light of his life. He loved his children and grandchildren deeply and was a source of strength and inspiration to all of them. He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada. Bill was a self-educated man and an avid reader of mystery novels as well as historical and biographical nonfiction.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Marjean Dolan Miley; loving children and stepchildren; Marie (Kevin) Russell, Karen (Tom) West, Deborah (Jim) Perez, Howard (Carolyn) Field, Gary Field, Steven (Carrie) Field, Michele Dolan, Julie French, Lora (Tom) Birge, and William (Sheryl) Dolan; daughter-in-law, Kathy Dolan; son-in-law, Rick Munoz; 27 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; siblings, Joyce Knuth, David “Doug” Miley and Shirley Stoneman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 31 years, Barbara Jean Gonyea Field Miley; two daughters, Beth Ann Saviano and Susan Kay Munoz; two stepsons, Michael Dolan and Daniel Dolan; granddaughter; Alison Saviano; siblings, Arletta Burgess, Loretta Gillam, Betty Morrissey and Elbert “Bud” Miley.