William E. "Bill" Miller
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William 'Bill' E. Miller

Born: October 23. 1931; Macomb

Died: January 5, 2021; Freeport

SHANNON – William "Bill" E. Miller, age 89, of Shannon, IL, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at FHN Hospital, in Freeport, IL.

A funeral service will be planned for the spring.

A memorial fund has been established in Bill's name, and family and friends are invited to share in his life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Bill was born October 23, 1931, in Macomb, IL, the son of John and Helen (Mowery) Miller. Growing up in Bushnell, IL, Bill attended Bushnell schools, ultimately graduating from Bushnell High School. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the National Guard, ready to do his part in serving his country. On April 11, 1954, Bill married Pauline Hultgren at Bethany Lutheran Church, in Burlington, IA. The couple went on to raise three children, and celebrated many decades of marriage before Pauline's passing in 2012.

In his younger years, while still in Bushnell, Bill worked as a mechanic for the local Ford garage, before opening an upholstery shop, and later Miller's Laundry and Dry Cleaning. In 1973, he and Pauline moved to the Lake Carroll area. Here, they worked together for 20 years in the construction and real estate businesses. It was here that Bill also started Miller Sales and Service, which later become Miller Sport Center.

In his free time, Bill enjoyed fishing, and even flew as a pilot in his late teens. He especially loved to snowmobile. He, Pauline, and their kids logged many hours on those snowmobiles. They were active in the local snowmobile club, and often planned and organized trips up north, and out to Yellowstone National Park.

Bill will be dearly missed by his son, BJ (Debbie) Miller of Lake Carroll, IL; daughters, Deb (Dick) Lavender of Cadillac, MI, and Linda (Fiance, John Becker) Lawfer of Shannon, IL; five grandchildren, Matt (Tracey) Miller of Shannon, IL, Ronni Miller of Davenport, IA, Patrick (Erin) Lavender of McBain, MI, Nicole (Cory ) Haas of Elizabeth, IL, and Jenna (Mike) Piche of New Glarus, WI; eight great-grandchildren, Ava and Sienna, Bella and Kenzie, Eli and Weston, and Owen and Callen; and a brother, Jim (Roberta) Miller.

Bill is preceded in death by his wife, Pauline; parents, John and Helen; and brother, Jack Miller.


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Published in Prairie Advocate on Jan. 9, 2021.
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January 12, 2021
BJ, Deb, Linda and families,
We are sorry by the news of Bill's passing. We can remember many good times when our families met for the holidays at grandma's farm. Wishing all of you moments of peace and comfort in the days to come.
Jim, Roberta & Tim Miller and Pam & Craig Allen
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