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Willis Miller

August 24, 1930 ~ November 4, 2019 (age 89)



Of Portage, MI, Formerly of Peoria, IL

Willis "Bill" Duane Miller, age 89, passed away November 4, 2019 at his residence in Portage, MI. Bill was born August 24, 1930 in Delavan, IL, the son of Melvin and Marie (Litwiller) Miller. He served in the U. S. Army from 1951-53, was a longtime resident of Peoria, IL, and resided the past 10 years in Portage, MI. Bill was employed with Caterpillar, Inc. for 36 years prior to his retirement in 1986.

He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, member of Order of Eastern Star Creve Coeur Chapter 946 and past-president of OES Endowment Trust Fund for State of Illinois; member of American Legion Post #2; and member and past-president of the Peoria Heights Suburban Lions Club.

On August 8, 1992, he was united in marriage to Paula (Cole) Higdon-Miller, who survives. Also surviving are his daughter Mona (Derek) Wenger; grandson Jason (Nichole) Beaver; step-son Michael (Tina) Higdon; step-grandchildren Stephanie Evergreen, PhD and Chris (Emma) Higdon; a step-great-grandson Byce Evergreen. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and step-brother Harvey Hummell.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00PM on Thursday, November 7th at the Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home, 2408 W. Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL, 61614. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Friday, November 8th at the Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Hansen officiating. Entombment will be in American Mausoleum in Peoria, IL.

Memorials in Bill's memory may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, or Pathfinder Church. Please visit Bill's personalized web page to sign his guest book, leave a memorial or condolence for his family at

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November 7, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home
2408 W. Willow Knolls Drive
Peoria, IL 61614

Funeral Service
November 8, 2019

10:00 AM
Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home
2408 W. Willow Knolls Drive
Peoria, IL 61614

November 8, 2019

4:00 PM to 4:15 PM
American Mausoleum Corporation

Peoria, IL


Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
222 N. Kalamazoo Mall Suite 100, Kalamazoo MI 49007
Tel: 2693450273

Pathfinder Church
8740 S. Westnedge, Portage MI 49002
Tel: 2693276761

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