Harold Miller, 68, of Danville, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family and his best friend, Bowser (the dog), after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams Street in Danville. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m., officiating by Pastor Patti Wise, with Color Guard by the Army National Guard, Honor Guard by the Patriot Guard, and Military Honors by American Legion Post 210. The family asks that you come as you are, jeans and a t-shirt, as Harold wouldn't have it any other way.
Harold was born on Aug. 27, 1948 in Anna-Jonesboro, Ill., to Owen and Iva Chloe Miller. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and proudly served two tours in Vietnam. Harold was a hard worker and very proud of it, putting in over 21 years, many of those 12 to 14 hour days, as a machinist at Furry's. He enjoyed being with his family and was a true family man, raising not only his kids, but any that needed a place to stay and someone to love them. Harold was the world's greatest mushroom hunter, liked to fish and spend time outdoors, and was an avid Cardinals fan. He enjoyed hunting and rarely missed a deer season at the family cabin, where he, his brothers, and nephews always had new stories to tell.
Harold married Deana Kimmell on July 24, 1972 in Danville, and they have shared over 44 years together.
He leaves behind wife Deana; two children: Angie (Craig) Barth and Michael Miller; a grand-daughter: Chloe Miller; eleven brothers and sisters: Marvin (Carol) Miller, Randy Miller, Barry (Beth) Miller, Marilyn Miller, Jack (Iris) Miller, Ron (Angie) Miller, Kathy (Scott) Grulke, Nancy (Chuck) Baro, John (Clarinda) Miller, Cheryl (Tony) Milam, and Roger (Cathy) Miller; three sister-in-laws: Connie Kimmell, Brenda (Jim) LaFoe, and Carla Kimmell; a brother-in-law: Frank (Mark Kay) Kimmell; and two special nephews: Tyler LaFoe and Scott Miller; special friends: Kenny, Julie, and Aaron Dunbar; and too many nieces, nephews, cousins, and great-nieces and great-nephews to count. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father in-law, several cousins, and a great nephew, Aaron Bryant.
Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Harold's name to Batestown United Methodist Church.
Published on September 7, 2016