Craig was born January 14, 1964 to Raymond “Disler” and Janet Marie (Hensley) Mills. He attended Hamilton High School and participated in basketball and baseball. Craig’s baseball honors include Greater Miami Conference (GMC) First Team, GMC Most Valuable Player, All Star Team, and highest average and most hits in the GMC. He graduated in 1982.
While at high school, Craig worked at the Mike Schweinfest’s Grocery. After graduating, he was immediately drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 18th Round where he played up to the Triple A level to 1987.
He married Anne L. Vaaler November 26, 1994.
Craig joined the Butler County Sheriff’s Office as a Special Deputy on January 6, 1989 while he was working with the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office. He was appointed Sheriff’s Deputy on December 16, 2000 and retired on June 30, 2019. On July 1, 2019 he was reappointed as a Special Deputy. On September 2, 2019 he was reappointed Deputy Sheriff. By September 2021 he had 32¾ years of service, almost entirely in warrant service.
Besides being an unusually talented athlete, he was an amazing fisherman winning many tournaments. Craig was always coaching younger athletes and took them all under his wing, they truly looked up to him.
Deputy Mills died Sunday, September 12, 2021 over the weekend at Mercy Fairfield Hospital due to complications of battling COVID at age 57.
Deputy Mills is survived by his wife of almost 27 years.
This obituary will be updated at https://police-museum.org/ when information is received.
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