Earl Theodore Miller was born January 16, 1927 to John Samuel and Margaret (Flaharty) Miller in Danville, IL. Earl died peacefully in his sleep early Friday morning, January 22, 2016, from Alzheimer’s disease
Buddy, as his family called him, grew up in Danville and attended Cannon Elementary School and Danville High School where he graduated in May 1945. He was immediately drafted into the Army, and he served his country in China, Japan and South Korea.
When he was discharged from the Army and returned to Danville, he and his fiancée, Helen Mabel Billings, were married August 27, 1949. Helen’s wedding dress was made of white silk that Earl brought back from China. Earl and Helen met in Sunday School at the Danville Free Methodist Church on Bowman St.
Earl graduated from Greenville College, Greenville, IL in 1960, fulfilling his dream of becoming a school teacher. While at Greenville, Earl sang in the a Cappella Choir in the tenor section with his beautiful Irish tenor voice.
Earl taught school for many years in Danville and Elgin, Illinois, and two years in Alaska for Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Earl taught in elementary schools in Danville, as well as, middle school and high school in Elgin, IL, where he taught Social Studies, Economics, Business and Civics.
Throughout his life, Earl was a faithful member of the Free Methodist Church.
Earl was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. Earl is survived by his five daughters and their families, Margaret Miller Dawn, Edie Miller (David) Reay, Kathy Miller (John) Jones, Elizabeth Miller and Andrea Miller (Juan Carlos) Fierro. Earl was grandfather to Nicholas (Noy) Jones, Elyse Dawn, Betsy Dawn, Jessica Miller, Emma Diegez (Brandon) Trinko, Alia Fierro, Ana Fierro, and Samantha Muro. He was great-grandfather to Leelah Jones, Landon Jones and Amira Williams. He was uncle to twelve nieces and nephews.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two younger brothers, Robert Miller and John Samuel Miller.
Memorial services will be on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer Free Methodist Church, 1323 Summit St. Elgin, IL. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Sunset Funeral Home Danville, IL until time of service at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville next to his beloved wife, Helen, and near his parents, overlooking Swan Lake. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home 305 Park St. Elgin, IL. For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com