Owen Miller, 87
Rev. Owen E. Miller, 87, died peacefully surrounded by
family and dear friends on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 while in
the care of Unity Hospice at Liberty Village in Freeport,
was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Polo, Ill., to the late Elton
and Anna (Abels) Miller. He graduated from Freeport High
School and attended North Central College where he
received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
later attended the Evangelical Theological Seminary and
obtained his Bachelor of Divinity degree in practical
theology, and also received further education in Rural and
Urban Ministry from Town and Country School.
was a pastor in the Wisconsin Conference of the United
Methodist Church and served the congregations of Ithaca,
Lloyd, Hartford, Sheboygan, Racine, Mayville, Horicon and
LaCrosse before his retirement in 1989. Owen settled back
in his hometown of Freeport, Ill. after retirement and
served parishes in the communities of Winnebago and Pearl
City until 2003.
made several mission trips during his ministry to Japan
and the Holy Land, and was also active in mission work at
various locations in the United States including Red Bird
Mission in Kentucky and Koinonia Farms in Americus, Ga.
Sept. 1, 1946, Owen married Ruth M. Dauner. They had three
children; David, Stephen and Mary. Ruth passed away in
was remarried to Betty L. Runte on May 22, 2004. She
was preceded in death by his first wife Ruth, his parents
Elton and Anna, brother Darrell, sister Lois, and infant
sister Aletha, son David, and daughter-in-law, Evelyn. He
is survived by his wife Betty, Freeport, Ill., brother
Elton, Rockford Ill., son Stephen (Susan), Greensboro,
Ga., daughter Mary (Todd) Boyd, Wausau, two step-daughters
Linda Lindstrom, Lena, Ill., and Jeannie (James) Johnson,
Durand, Ill., daughter-inlaw Maria, Norcross, Ga., four
grandchildren Jason, Kirsten, Samuel and Jennifer, and
numerous great-grandchildren, step grandchildren and
enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter.
For many years he made annual deer hunting trips to
Wyoming, and heloved spending time at his cottage in
northern Wisconsin where he fished and found great
pleasure in working around the property. Owen loved to
garden, spending hours tending to his plants and he was
always eager to share what he grew with family and
friends. He had a passion for antique cars and took great
pride in a 1936 Chevy Coupe that he and his son Steve
restored together. Before Owen became ill, he enjoyed
spending winters with his wife Betty at their home in
had a zest for living, an infectious sense of humor, and a
kind and compassionate heart that touched everyone he met. Owen
lived his life firmly rooted in his faith in God. He
exemplified through word and deed the Christian principles
he believed so strongly in and he always strove to
encourage and uplift whoever he encountered along life’s
journey. Owen fought his long battle with Alzheimer’s
disease with the same courage and dignity with which he
lived his life, and his grace and inspiration will be
deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, at Burke-Tubbs
Funeral Home in Freeport, Ill., with funeral services to
be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Cedarville Baptist
Church in Cedarville, Ill. Rev.
Gene McIntosh will officiate. Interment will be at Milton
Lawns Memorial Park in Janesville. In lieu of flowers,
memorial gifts can be made to Unity Hospice or the
family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the
staff of Unity Hospice and Liberty Village for the
compassionate and sensitive care extended not only to
Owen, but to all of us during his illness. Your support
and strength sustained and comforted us in ways you
can’t begin to imagine. Thank you so much.
visit www.burketubbs.com to
sign his online guestbook and to share memories.