Lewis Lon Miller

Sept. 27, 1925 – July 17, 2013

Lewis Lon Miller, formerly of Waukesha, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Arizona Hospice in Sun City, Ariz., at the age of 87.

Lewis was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 27, 1925, the son of Ray and Ilka (nee Hilbig) Miller.

He was a graduate of Washington High School.

Lewis served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. During this time his knowledge of aviation hydraulics proved invaluable. After his service, Lewis attended Marquette University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. With his father, Raymond, he founded and developed Miller Tilt-Top Trailers, Inc. Miller trailers have been used around the world for transporting heavy construction machinery.

Success in business allowed him to enjoy many triumphs – racing, sports cars and power boats. As an advantaged sportsman, he gained accolades in competitive firearm and archery tournaments, and has taken many large trophy big-game animals across North America.

Some of his proudest moments were bagging an 8-foot bull shark and a charging wild boar with his archery equipment.

The boar’s tooth was a treasure he wore around his neck. In his retirement years, he enjoyed wood carving, pyrography, oil painting, feeding the birds, and he married the love of his life, Marilyn Louis Raymer, on Sept. 27, 2007.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his children, Scott (Elly) Miller, Nancy (James) Diedrich and Ted Miller from his first marriage; stepchildren, Elizabeth (John) Lamberty, Douglas (Lynn) Raymer and Kathleen (Rob) Schmitt; and grandchildren, Andy, Melody and Miles Miller and Kayla and Robert Lamberty. Lewis is further survived by other relatives and friends.

The graveside service for Lewis will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13235 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield (please meet in the red parking area).

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit