John Ernest Miller, Sr

John Ernest Miller, Sr., a resident of Willow Springs, passed away early Wednesday, July 8, 2020, while at his home.  John was born May 26, 1926 in Bloomsburg, PA to Harvey Earl and Edith Irene (Andy) Miller and was 94 years old.
John grew up in Pomona, Willow Springs, and St. Louis.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army in October 1944 and was an infantryman until he was honorably discharged.  He then re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served until he retired in August of 1969.  John proudly served his country at several locations which included Texas, Illinois, Arkansas, Alaska, Germany and Vietnam.  He was a Transportation Supervisor and served during World War II, the Philippines Campaign under General Douglas MacArthur, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  John also received several high-ranking medals, accommodations, and awards while serving his country. After his retirement from the Air Force, John was employed at the Willow Walnut Trophy Plant for 15 years and worked his way up to manager.  John was well known and actively served the community by delivering Meals on Wheels and received a 10-year award for his dedication and commitment.  In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He also liked to play golf, playing cards, reading, and caring for his little dogs. He married Millie Aldrich on November 5, 2015 in Willow Springs.
He will be dearly missed by his family, his friends, and all who knew him.
John is preceded in death by his parents; wife Margie; wife Lois; sons: John E. Miller, Jr., Jerry Miller, and Steven Miller; daughters: Debbie and Sherry; sisters, Mildred and Mary; and brothers: James, Gerald, and Harvey, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Millie; his son David Miller and his wife, Sandra of Plato, MO; fifteen grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
A graveside service for John E. Miller, Sr. was held on July 15, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at Willow Springs City Cemetery with Pastor David Lovan officiating with full military honors.  Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home, LLC.  Online condolences may be left at

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