Nathan Charles David Miller, 25, of Dupo, Ill., born June 28, 1983, in Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., fought his best fight against melanoma, skin cancer, and passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., while surrounded by many close family members and friends, who dearly loved him.
Nathan attended and graduated Signal Hill Grade School, Belleville, Ill., in 1998, and achieved the title of Life Scout in the Signal Hill Boy Scout Troop 520. Nathan was a 2002 graduate of Belleville West High School. While attending Belleville West, Nathan was photographer for the Hy News, the school paper and the yearbook. He was a member of the Belleville West Thespian Club-369. He also sang in several choirs over his high school years.
Nathan proudly graduated in 2008 from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, Ill., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Sculptor and a minor in Art History. He was an active and proud member of SAW (Sculpture-Artist at Wagner) at SIUE and had a deep passion and love for sculpturing. Nathan won Sculpture on Campus in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 at SIUE.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Martha Eatherton; a grandmother, Dona Fay Foltz; uncle, Terry Eatherton and a nephew, Jacob Foltz.
Surviving are his mother, Sherri (Tom) Foltz of Belleville, Ill.; his father, David (Laura) Miller of Belleville, Ill.; his sisters, Candice (Joshua) DeLarm, of Killeen, Tx., formerly of Belleville, Ill., Taylor Foltz of Belleville, Ill., Victoria Foltz of Belleville, Ill., and a brother, Bobby (Katie Webb) Foltz of Roxana, Ill., maternal grandfather, Charles Eatherton of St. Charles, Mo., paternal grandparents, Harold (Virginia) Miller of Fairview Heights, Ill.; and grandparents, Charles (Cleo) Foltz of Springfield, Mo.; the sunshine of Nathan's life, his loving girlfriend, Michele Cleveland of Dupo, Ill.; aunts and uncles, Dianna Eatherton of Melbourne Beach, Fla., Denny (Gwen) Eatherton of Barrington, Ill., Susan (Jim) Chapman of Lawrenceville, Ga., Steven (Trish) Miller of Ballwin, Mo., Charles (Cheryl) Foltz of Aurora, Mo., Bill (Rhonda) Foltz of Springfield, Mo., and Bruce (Shellie) Foltz of Springfield, Mo.; and many loving nieces, nephew, cousins and many close friends who will deeply miss him.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, in care of Sherri Foltz.
God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around you and whispered, come with me. With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fading away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating working hands were put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2009, at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights, Ill. Interment will be held at a later date. Upon Nathan's request, cremation was to be held.
LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2009