Michael Millward

Michael R. "Mouse" Millward

Monday, September 26th, 1960 - Thursday, July 15th, 2021
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Obituary

Michael R. “Mouse” Millward, 60, of rural Bellefonte, passed away at his residence on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Mike was born in Philipsburg on September 26, 1960, a son of Ronald F. Millward of Runville and the late E. Delores Quick Millward. On July 28, 2009, he married Bobbie Anderson Millward, who survives at home. Also surviving is a daughter, Alivia D. (Tristan) Peace of Williamsport, his step- sons, Kyle W. Geary of Williamsport, Robert “L.B.” W. Geary III also of Williamsport; his brothers, Ronnie L. (Kim) Millward of State College, Steven (Lori) Millward of Julian and his sister, Patricia (DaWayne) Millward of Unionville. Also surviving are his niece, McKenzie Millward, nephews Hunter Millward, Ty Millward Trey Millward, Gabe Millward and Jackson Millward. Mike was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle and a true outdoorsman.

Mike was a 1979 Bald Eagle Area graduate, wrestling for legendary Hall of Fame Coach, Dick Rhoades.  Mike was one of the wrestlers that lead the way to set the building blocks for a BEA Wrestling Dynasty that would last over the next three decades and amass over 450 Dual Meet wins in that time.  He was a Centre County Champion, a 2X District 6 Champ, a 2X Northwest Regional Champ, and a 2X PIAA State Qualifier. He was a AAA State Runner-Up his senior year, and finished his BEA career with a record of 72-18-3.

At Lock Haven University, he was a 4-year starter and a 3-year team captain, a 3X NCAA Qualifier, a 3X EWL Runner-Up, a 2X PSAC Runner-Up. He also had 2 Runner-Up finishes in the Wilkes Open Tournament.  Mike graduated in 1984.  He was named LHU’s Outstanding Freshman, and twice named LHU’s Outstanding Wrestler.  He scored notable collegiate wins over Penn State NCAA Champion, Carl DeStefanis in the 1981 dual, and a win over 2-time NCAA Champ Gene Mills in the 1983 Wilkes Tournament.  Mike finished his LHU career record of 105-38-3.

Mike started coaching as an assistant at Bucknell, then a year at Lock Haven High School, then 7 years at Williamsport.  In 1994, he was named the Head Coach at Montoursville.  In 3 years, he led the Warriors to 36 wins, including 17 in 1995.  He coached 4 District Champs, 5 Regional Champs, and 5 PIAA Medalist, including 3 finalists, and 1 champion, Rich Rodarmel.  Mike wrapped up his coaching career with 3 years at Lycoming College, retiring in 1998, though he also coached at wrestling camps in PA and neighboring states for 25 years. 

Mike started officiating in 1998 and just finished his 20th season.  Mike has refereed in both the PIAA and NCAA, but with a much greater focus on Collegiate officiating.  He has officiated in the Big 10, EWL, EIWA, and Metro Conference Championships, several NCAA Qualifiers, and the NCAA team Dual Championships. He has done 17 consecutive EWL Conference, and 13 consecutive PSAC Championships.  In 2017 he was elected as the President of the EWL Wrestling Officials Association.   He has been a part on the Officials consortium for the Big 10, Big 12 and MAC since 2006.  Mike is a member of the Bald Eagle Area, Lock Haven University, and District 6 Wrestling Halls of Fame.  Mike and his wife, Bobbi reside in Bellefonte, PA.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Sgt. Robert G. Millward.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, from 10am-2pm, at the Brookside Wesleyan Church, 403 Bush Hollow Road, Julian. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at the church at 2pm with Pastor Michael Fisher officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lock Haven University Wrestling Club in Memory of Michael R. “Mouse” Millward at 401 N. Fairview Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc., 201 Spring Street, Milesburg.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.deankwetzlerfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 | 10:00am - 2:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Location
    Brookside Wesleyan Church
    Address
    403 Bush Hollow Rd.
    JULIAN, PA 16844
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 2:00pm
    Location
    Brookside Wesleyan Church
    Address
    403 Bush Hollow Rd.
    JULIAN, PA 16844
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Pastor Michael Fisher

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Jeff “Buddha” Knarr

Posted at 01:54pm
Mike was my student teacher way back. He was always going above and beyond to prepare himself for whatever needed done. I just spoke with him at the last District 6 Retired Wrestling Coaches breakfast and he invited me to his river lot. It didn’t matter where he was at, he always made it a point to find me and shoot the breeze. He never ran out of things to talk about. My deepest condolences go out to Mouse’s family. I am still shocked by the news. I am sure there will be a wrestling home waiting for him in heaven. Jeff “Buddha” Knarr
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Ken Daws

Posted at 03:01pm
Refereed many years with Mike. An absolute joy to be around. A real tremendous guy, a good friend, a great person, will be missed by all. My deepest, heart-felt feelings go out to Mouse's entire family. May God keep you and bless each of you.
Difficult as it seems at times like these, we're best to remember the best of times with Mike. He brought a smile to each of our faces.
May God embrace Mike, and may he at peace.
God Bless you Mike "Mouse" Millward. I will greatly miss you.
Ken Daws, fellow official and wrestling lover of the sport. RIP
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Doug Yearick

Posted at 08:13am
So sorry to hear that Mike passed. I was fortunate enough to play softball with him several years in the Bellefonte League. I think he was on the Zimmerman home and Young American homes teams with me. His brother Ron was at well. I remember his passion for competition, but fun loving and a great time to be around. We had lost touch of each other and I don't remember the last time i saw him. So sad that life is taken from him so soon. RIP Mouse. Prayers for Ron and family.
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