EAST PEORIA — Richard Ross Miller, 91, of East Peoria, passed away peacefully at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton, with family members by his side.
He was born Aug. 20, 1921, in East Peoria to Leo J. and Louisa (Hannah) Miller. He married Mildred Eileen Frey on June 10, 1943, in East Peoria. They enjoyed 65 years of married life until Mildred’s death on Nov. 6, 2008. They are now reunited after four long years.
Richard is survived by two sons, Rick (Cheryl) Miller and Tim Miller; a daughter, Jill (Rem) Hoffmann; seven grandchildren, Rich (Julie) Miller, Jen (Greg) Crider, Heidi (Michael) Henderson, Katie (Alex) Grohsmeyer, Kimberly and Kyle Miller and Liam Hoffmann; and eight great-grandchildren, Jarrett, Elly and Isabella Crider, Lauren, Anna and Sierra Miller and
Everett and Jessica Henderson.
He was preceded in death by eight siblings, Aaron, Leona, Albert, Dorothy, Walter, Wilbur, Robert and Mildred.
Richard graduated from East Peoria Community High School in 1938 and enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. He served with the 604th Ordinance Battalion, sailing for Europe on the troopship Queen Mary in 1943 only a few days after coming home on leave to marry Mildred. He didn’t see his bride for the next two years.
After returning from service, Richard worked at Peoria Radiator. In 1952, he took a job in repair and installation at Illinois Bell Telephone before moving inside to work as a test board operator until his retirement in 1983. Richard also farmed 80 acres of land in East Peoria for many years.
Richard was a charter member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. John Raho Council 4194; Telephone Pioneers and American Legion Post 2. Early in his career, he played the clarinet in the Peoria Municipal Band and the banjo for his own enjoyment. After retirement, he volunteered at the Peoria Jail and Proctor Hospital.
Richard taught values to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by example. He was patient, considerate, loyal and honest - a standard that the family tries to live up to daily. His family will miss him dearly, as they do Mom, but they know in their hearts that Richard and Mildred are now together, enjoying a second honeymoon.
A Mass of Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton, with Father Mark DeSutter officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, where a prayer service will be at 4 p.m. Further visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be at Roberts Cemetery in Morton, where full military rites will be conducted.
Memorials may be made to the Mildred F. Miller Endowment for Children with Spina Bifida established through the OSF St. Francis Medical Center Foundation in Peoria.
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