Joseph J. "Bud" Miller Jr.

Joseph J. "Bud" Miller Jr., 75, of West Bend died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 20, 2008 at SynergyHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was born Jan. 29, 1933 in West Bend to the late Joseph and Marjorie (nee Gorman) Miller, and married Lillian A. Hoefgen on May 22, 1971 in Menomonee, Mich.

Joe graduated from West Bend High School and worked at the West Bend Co.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, Joe returned to the West Bend Co. where he worked for more than 41 years, retiring in March of 1995.

He was a member of the 25- year club at the West Bend Co. and an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary.

Joe lived for his family and was extremely proud of them all.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lillian; five children, Mary Swasinski of West Bend, Linda (Justin) Cole of Colorado Springs, Colo., Nancyjo (Jim) Bateman of West Bend, Albert of West Allis and Adrian "AJ" of West Bend; and seven grandchildren, Zach-ary, Jacob and Ronald Swasinski, Lillea, Alexandra and Gabriella Cole and Elizabeth Bateman.

He is further survived by his three sisters, Edith (Donald) Koerble of Campbellsport, Ethel (Carl) Groth of West Bend and Pearl (Darwin) Juech of West Bend; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Marjorie Miller; Lillian’s parents, Frank and Irene Hoefgen; his son, Frank; and his grandson, Caleb Cole.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Rev. Gerald Brittain will preside, and burial will be in Holy Angels Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until a prayer vigil at 7 p.m., and also Thursday from 9 until 10:15 a.m.

Joe’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the West Bend Fire Department para-medics and the entire staff in the ER at St. Joe’s for everything that was done to try and save Joe’s life.