Miller, Jerome (Jerry) L.
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Jerome (Jerry) L. Miller, age 73, of Las Vegas, Nevada formerly of Manitowoc, died unexpectedly, but peacefully Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Mountainview Hospital in Las Vegas.
He was born January 19, 1939 in Hilbert, son of the late Ralph Miller and Leona (Wollersheim) Miller. Jerry was a 1957 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School. He married LaVerne Walters, October 13, 1962 at St Mary's Catholic Church, Manitowoc. They just celebrated their 50th Anniversary with their oldest son, Mike and oldest grandson, Matthew, in Las Vegas. Jerry served in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years and reserves for 3 years. In 1966, he became a Fire Fighter with the City of Manitowoc, retiring in 1990. Jerry and LaVerne's lifelong dream was to retire in the sunny Southwest, so in March, 1990, they moved to Arizona, then relocated to Nevada.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, LaVerne, two sons: Michael, Las Vegas and Mark (special friend Kara), Green Bay, two daughters: Kris Brauer (special friend Peter), Sturgeon Bay, Connie Peterson (husband Jeff), Menasha. Seven grandchildren: Matthew and Allison Brauer, Garrett, Scott, Alyssa and Bennett Peterson and Bryce Miller. One "new" great grandchild: Kylee Marie. His mother: Leona Miller, Manitowoc, one brother and sister-in-law: Ronald and Sandy Miller, Manitowoc and one sister and brother-in-law: Diane and Richard Schipper, Cato. Mother-in-law: Dorothy (Ligman) Walters, Manitowoc. Seven sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Carol (Marvin) Hills, Wausau, Mary (Ron) Balzan, Manitowoc, Barbara (John Phillips) Pietroske, Two Rivers, Jane (Ron) Meyer, Manitowoc, Jean (Ron) Swetlik, Chilton, Jerry (Sue) Walters, Eau Claire and Jim (Mary) Walters, Manitowoc. Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph, brother, Dennis, father-in-law, Victor W. Walters, brother-in-law, Roy Reuther, other relatives and friends.
Cremation has occurred at Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas. The family will greet relatives and friends at Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, on Thursday, October 25, 2012 with visitation from 4 PM - 7 PM followed by a prayer service led by Fr. William Van Dynhoven. Jerry will be laid to rest at South Las Vegas Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Nevada at a later date.
Some of Jerry's hobbies in his younger years were bowling and coaching baseball. During retirement, when he wasn't working as a full time courier for several Nevada businesses, he spent a lot of time in his garage building special items. Always on his mind were his children and grandchildren. During their many trips to Wisconsin to visit family and friends, he especially enjoyed attending his grandkids' sporting and special events. Jerry was a very dedicated Grandpa. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be accepted to further his grandchildren's future endeavors.
"Be careful, it's a jungle out there!" ~JLM
Pfeffer Funeral Home
928 South 14th Street Manitowoc, WI 54220
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2012