LAKE CHARLES, La. — Edgar "Bud" Miller Jr. was born in 1925 in Lake Charles, La., to Edgar Miller Sr. and Ida Ruth Williams Miller at their home at 1018 Pujo St. He resided in Lake Charles until recently when he moved to Kingwood, Texas. He died August 17, 2012.
He received his education at Central and Lake Charles High School, class of 1942. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering at LSU in 1948 and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was an ensign in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
, where he went into the Naval Air Corps for pilot training and then served on a destroyer in the Atlantic.
Bud married Betty Elaine Nelson of Lake Charles in 1945 in the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Nelson. He worked for Sun Pipe Line Co. and Mid-Valley Pipe Line Co., both subsidiaries of Sun Oil Co. (Sunoco). For 37 years, he and Betty lived not only all over Texas, but also in Tulsa, Okla., and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He rose through the ranks becoming manager of the Southwest Region of Sun Pipe Line Co. and vice president of Mid-Valley. In 1985, he retired, and he and Betty returned to Lake Charles to make their home. Betty died in 2006.
In his earlier years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and boating and was passionate about LSU football. Bud was a faithful member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
He is survived by his daughter, Ruth Miller Williams and husband, John L., of Humble, Texas; his grandchildren, Allen E. Williams and wife, Jennifer, of Houston, Texas, Helen E. Cochran and husband, Paul, of Leander, Texas, and John L. Williams Jr. of Midland, Texas. His great-grandchildren are Madeline and Mason Williams of Houston, Cameron Cochran of Leander and Kacey and Katie Cochran of Leander and Belton, Texas. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles F. Miller of Westlake and Mathilde Bahnsen Miller of Westlake/Lake Charles; his parents, Edgar Miller Sr. of Lake Charles and Ida Ruth Williams Miller of Log Town, just south of Monroe; a brother, Charles F. Miller, formerly of Lake Charles; and his beloved wife, Betty Nelson Miller of Lake Charles.
His funeral is being arranged by Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles and will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 20, 2012, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. The Rev. Jack Myers, rector, will officiate. Visitation will be at noon at the church before the service. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brigham Miller, Jack Miller, Mike Miller, Paul Cochran, Gary Smith, Jim Dufrene, Charles Sylvester and George Paret.
The family requests that memorials be made to
, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd or Grace Hospice of Texas, Houston, Texas, if desired.
Also, the family would like to thank caregivers Sandra Quintanar and Jan Lawrence for their undying compassion and loving devotion given to our loved one in his time of need. Also, our gratitude goes out to Grace Hospice's Alice Morgan, nurse, Gaby Gutierrez and Megan Gomez, aides, for not only their kindness, dedication, and expertise, but also for always being there when they were needed.