William (Bill) M. Miller, 72, passed away peacefully at home in Sun Lakes, AZ on December 3, 2017.
Bill was born on April 6, 1945 to Marvin and Marjorie (Cameron) Miller in Eau Claire, WI. He grew up on Locust Lane, as did his children. Bill was a proud member of Eau Claire North’s first graduating class in 1963; Go Rebels! After high school he attended UWEC, leaving early to join the National Guard and to work in banking. He was a longtime employee of American National Bank and Citizens Community Credit Union in Eau Claire and later President of Alliance Credit Union in Waukesha.
Bill married Teri (Christensen) in 1966 and had three children. He married Lynne Sturgal in 1983. He met Karen Bloss while ‘wintering’ in Arizona; they married in 2011, making the Phoenix area his permanent retirement home.
Bill is survived by his wife Karen, his father Marvin H. Miller of Eau Claire, his daughters Jody (Joe) Yray of Hudson and Wendy Sue (Michael) Johnson of Eau Claire, his son Jason Miller of Eau Claire, his brother John (Colleen) Miller of Red Wing, MN, and his grandchildren Elizabeth Yray, Hannah Getten and Lukas Johnson, Ashton, Alei and Jordan Miller. They describe Grandpa Bill as hilarious, goofy, enthusiastic, lively, happy and witty. He passionately loved the Packers, golfing with his buddies, winning at the casino, his grandchildren, and being right.
He is also survived by Karen’s daughters Tammy (Chris) Atherton, Crystal (Jeff) Howard, Heather McDougall (Glenn Patton Jr) and Megan (Chuck) Christensen and their children Connor, Cooper, Madison, Terra, Max, Brock, Cade and Gage. He was preceded in death by his mother and his sister, Janice.
A Memorial Service was held December 9 at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park, Scottsdale, AZ.
Visitation will be held Sunday December 17, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel, 2222 London Road, Eau Claire with a short memorial service at 5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bill’s honor to Hospice of the Valley https://www.hov.org/donate/ or Eau Claire North https://www.ecpsfound.org/make-donation/ (choose a fund or type ‘North Dance Legacy Scholarship’).