Sunday, April 1, 2012

John Miller - Tuscola

John Miller

TUSCOLA – John W. Miller, 84, of Tuscola passed away at 9:03 a.m. Friday (March 30, 2012) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Graveside services with military graveside rites accorded will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, at the Tuscola Township Cemetery with the Rev. Patty Johansen officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola.
Mr. Miller was born at Jarman Hospital in Tuscola on March 18, 1928. He was the son of William H. and Pearl E. Bachert Miller. John married Jeanne Root in her parents' home in Tuscola on Dec. 25, 1950. She survives.
Also left behind are his daughters, Julie (Patrick) Tomlinson of Mount Zion, Jacki (Bill) Burchett of Camargo; four grandchildren, Sarah Tomlinson of Mount Zion, Amanda (Todd) Zentefis of Springfield, Nicole Burchett of Tuscola and Nathan Burchett of Villa Grove; and two great-grandchildren, Lanie and Braiden Burchett, both of Tuscola.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Jeri.
John graduated from Tuscola Community High School in 1946 and went on to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Later, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served 2 ½ years, primarily with the 196th Regimental Combat Team. Following his service, John worked for CIPS for 42 years as a lineman, division foreman and dispatcher.
He was a member of the Tuscola United Methodist Church, a worshipful master for Tuscola Masonic Lodge No. 332, AF & AM, past commander of the Militia Commandery No. 37, Knights Templar and the American Legion.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4507 N. Sterling Ave., Suite 210, Peoria, IL 61615.
Dad loved his family and always put our needs ahead of his own. We will miss you always.
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