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In Memoriam: William Earl Miller

William Earl Miller. Photo provided by Andra Andreson Grove.

William Earl Miller passed away on January 26, 2021. Bill was a very respected and loved patriarch of the Miller family. He was one of the nicest guys who didn’t have a mean bone in his body. He was loved by all who ever met him.

Bill was born on December 3, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. He was the fourth child born out of six. Three sisters born before him were Gwen, Lil, and Bernice. Next came Bill, his brother James, and his sister Patti. His parents left North Dakota in the early 1920s and had the first three children in different states as they slowly made their way to Los Angeles, California.

When the depression hit, the kids had to go to work at a very young age and they learned very good work ethics. Bill joined the army at 18 and was a paratrooper. After the army, Bill lived in Oklahoma City and studied and became an efficiency expert for the FFA and did time studies for the airlines. 

Bill later moved to Washington, D.C. until he retired at 53 in 1979. During this time Bill met the love of his life, Faye. He and Faye eventually moved to Canyon Lake a couple of houses down from his brother.

Bill loved sports and was very competitive. He was an amazing tennis player, bowler, and golfer. He joined a bowling team and the Canyon Lake tennis group and sang in the Canyon Lake choir for years. Bill played golf and bowled until the last year of his life. He always stayed very active.

Bill was a jack of all trades who loved woodworking, and locksmithing. He also played the piano and electric slide guitar. Bill also loved to get together and play games with friends and family. He always loved going out to eat and then playing games.

Bill was very much loved by all and we are all were very lucky to have had him in our life. Bill will be deeply missed and will always be in all our hearts forever.

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