GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A West Michigan veteran and talented hot air balloon pilot has died.
Douglas Mills was born in Grand Rapids in 1945 and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1964, according to his obituary.
Immediately after graduating, he was drafted into the US Army where he served in Vietnam.
Mills was the chief pilot of Sky High Hot Air Balloons in Caledonia for more than 40 years, as well as the WZZM Eyewitness Balloon Pilot in the 1970s.
Mills passed away after a short fight with cancer on Sept. 24. Doug is preceded in death by his wife Karen.
He was 76.
Funeral services are set for Oct. 19 at the Caledonia Methodist Church. A memorial luncheon is scheduled immediately after at the Caledonia Legion Post 305.
View more of the WZZM hot air balloon footage from 1985, piloted by Doug Mills, here:
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