Donald Richard ‘Pops’ Miller was born September 15, 1932 in Rockford, Winnebago County, IL to the late Arthur W. and Martha (Strittmatter) Miller.
Donald served as a Corporal in the United States Army 7th Division.31st Regiment.3 BN K CO., from 1/29/53 to 11/8/54 as a Light 30-caliber machine gunner on the front lines in Korea. Donald took shrapnel in the back of his left leg and spent 17 days in a M*A*S*H* unit.
After the military, Donald spent 47 years working in the heat treat of Rockford Screw Products where he retired in 1994.
‘Pops’ was a wonderful father, who enjoyed weekend at Lake Summer Set with the family, dew worm picking, doughnut shops, local restaurants, fishing, working on cars with friends, his grandchildren, Wii Bowling, John Wayne, Old Westerns and traveling.
Survivors include his son, Christopher (Sharon) Miller of Cary, and daughters Michele Miller Poynter of Danville, KY and Sheila (Jerome) Miller-Cobb of Frakes, KY.; six grandchildren, Ryan, Maggie and Adam Miller, Lona and James Cobb, Leon Poynter; his brother, James ‘Jimmy’ Barton of Rockford, and nephew, Vernon Miller of Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his son Donald “Donnie” Ballard, infant sons Ronnie Lee Miller and Mark Richard Miller; his wife, Carol Louise Montgomery Miller; and siblings Evelyn Leparte Townsend, Dorothy Miller Grider, Marion Jane Carey, Carol Miller Rockwell and infant brother Robert William Miller.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
The funeral service will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at the funeral home.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council, 2820 McFarland Road, Rockford, Il 61107 or to Girl Scouts – Sybaquay Council, 12N124 Coombs Road, Elgin, Il 60124.
Info: 815-385-2400. Friends may send an on-line condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com.