CAPE GIRARDEAU -- William R. "Bill" Miller, 79, died Aug. 16, 2008 at his home.
He was born on Jan. 3, 1929 in Chicago, son of Roland S. Miller and Dorothy Stewart Miller.
He married Velma Honey on Oct. 24, 1950. She passed away in April of 1992. In 1994, he married Jean Doyle Miller, and she survives in Cape Girardeau.
His working career began with National Biscuit Company followed by Charmin Paper Products and in 1960, he joined the Wetterau Company and served in various positions in three divisions. He retired from Wetterau in 1986 as a corporate first vice-president. He served the company for four more years as a consultant. Mr. Miller spent his years through high school in the Chicago area. He served two years in the U.S. Navy, some of the time on occupation duty in Japan. He attended Wilson Junior College in Chicago and Lawrence College in Appleton, Wis.
His community activities included service as Elder of the Session at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau and also as a Trustee for Faith Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood. He was also on the board of directors and served as president of St. Louis Hearing and Speech Centers and in the same positions at Dismas House of St. Louis.
His other charitable activities include the board of directors of Gibson Center, Regency Management of V.I.P. Industries and as executive director of Marian Charities in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Mr. Miller also served as a member of the board of directors and as treasurer of the Cape Girardeau Area United Way. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau.
Survivors include: three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Matt Bowerman of Rhome, Texas, Dawn and LeRoy Pourney of Jackson and Colleen and Eddie Keys of Cape Girardeau; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two stepdaughters, Karla K. and Mike Couch of Sikeston and Paula and Jack Elfrink of St. Louis; five step grandchildren and three great-step grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Patricia Miller.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Paul Kabo, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau will be officiating.
Burial will follow at Anna City Cemetery in Anna, Ill.
Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Memorial contributions may be made to:
760 S. Kingshighway Suite C
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
1330 Southern Expy
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703