Allan C. Miller

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Miller, Allan C.

Allan "Carl" Miller, 90, of Baileys Harbor, passed away at home on the family farm Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014; 46 years to the day that his first wife, Marge passed away on Easter Sunday 1968.

Carl was born on the family farm in Liberty Grove on August 28, 1923, to Gustave and Mathilda (Kodanko) Miller, and was one of 7 children. He attended Liberty Grove Grade School and graduated from Gibraltar High School.

Following high school he found employment on the Great Lakes steam ship freighters. It was in October 1948, aboard the steamer "Sweden" of the Great Lakes Steamship Co. that the crew with a fully loaded ship was caught in the "worst storm" Captain Lester Jones, master of the Sweden had ever seen with winds up to 70 mph. At one point the ship caught in a trough radioed the Coast Guard they had laid over on one side. The seas stove in 24 of the hatch covers bending them towards the hold with only the tarpaulins covering the hatch covers staying in tact and keeping holds from flooding. The upper deck over the fantail of the ship was bent down and then nearly back into position by the sea. The Sweden was able to come around into the wind, riding out the storm and limping into to Sault St. Marie. The fact that the crew survived this storm factored greatly in strengthening his Catholic faith.

Carl was a WWII Navy veteran serving in the Pacific Theater aboard an LST ship transporting soldiers, supplies, equipment, and prisoners of war. Upon his discharge, he came home to help run the family farm with his parents.

He met Margaret Foster of Appleton and they were married in 1953. They and daughter Ann, born in 1954 made their home on the farm. Marge passed away in 1968. Carl also worked as a plumber for Howard Williams, then for Anschutz Plumbing and Heating till his retirement in 1988.

In 1973, he married Ella Ostran (Maccaux) of Sister Bay and they resided on the homestead on Grove Road in Baileys Harbor. Ella passed away in December 2013 at the Dorchester Golden Living Center Sturgeon Bay.

During his living years he enjoyed baseball and County League games, Packer football, hunting small game and Whitetail deer and only gave up deer hunting this past fall. He spent many hours in the outdoors as a farmer, managing his forest tracts with his family members, gardening, and in the evening hours reading and keeping up on politics and religion. He was a patient, great father and passed life skills of hunting, farm, forestry and self-sufficiency on to his daughter Ann from childhood on.

Throughout his life Carl was active with George F. Loritz VFW Post 9290 serving as their Quartermaster for decades. He was a lifetime member and dedicated volunteer for Post activities and fundraising events. He was also a member of the St. Mary's of the Lake Holy Name Society and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and was deeply religious in his Catholic faith.

He is survived by his brother, Robert (Dorothy); daughter, Ann (Jim); stepdaughter, Judy (Don) Erickson; and stepson, John (Betsy) Ostran; cousins, nieces and nephews of wives, Margaret and Ella, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Ella. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret, brothers, Harold and Joe, sisters, Doris Albertson, Agnes Fahey and Henrietta Fischer and second wife, Ella.

The funeral will be Thursday, April 24, at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. with an 11 a.m. Mass celebrated by his cousin Father Robert Burnell officiating the services. Burial is in the church cemetery. Memorial funds are targeted to provide respite relief for family caregivers of hospice patients in our community in addition to other wishes.

Ann and Jim extend heartfelt thanks to kindness and assistance from the staff members of the heart team at Bellin Hospital, Ministry Home Care, Dr. Phillip Arnold, Southern Care Hospice Services, George F. Loritz VFW Post 9290 members, Father Robert Burnell, First Responders and Paramedics, and Shirley Rausch and Becky Hawker of St. Mary's of the Lake Parish for their care, compassion and companionship during his journey to see his Lord nearing the end of his days here on earth. Online condolences can be made at He will be in our thoughts daily here on the farm and we will miss him greatly.

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Published in Door County Advocate on Apr. 19, 2014
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