Obituary for William A. Miller

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William ‘Bill’ A. Miller, 93, of La Crosse, died Friday, September 15, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. He was born March 1, 1924, in La Crosse to William and Meta Marie (Neubauer), the youngest of nine children. Bill graduated from Central High School in 1942. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific and aboard the USS Menard AP201. He made the landing at Okinawa on Easter Sunday, 1945, and took the occupation Marines into Nagasaki where the second atomic bomb was dropped.
After receiving an honorable discharge on December 1, 1945, in 1948, Bill went to work for PPG Industries and in 1954 opened a branch in Glendale Wisconsin. In 1955 he opened a branch in Rochester Minnesota and that is where he met the love of his life, Kathryn Julie Kittley York. Bill and Julie were wed on October 5, 1963, at English Lutheran Church in Rochester. In 1964 he transferred to Cedar Rapids Iowa to manage the PPG Industries branch. In 1969 after 21 years with PPG, Bill resigned and purchased a small glass company in Marshalltown Iowa and named it Hawkeye Glass Inc.
While in Marshalltown, Bill was involved in many civic organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Elks Club and Elmwood Country Club, to name a few. He was also a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Chamber Ambassador Club, and was voted Small Business of the Year. In 1989, Bill retired and sold his business, staying on as a consultant for a year before moving to La Crosse in 1991. He joined Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and served several terms on the church council. He also delivered mobile meals for many years.
Prior to and after the Navy, Bill was active in scouting where he obtained the rank of Eagle with Palms. He also was the Scout Master with the Salvation Army Troop 27. Bill enjoyed attending many ship reunions over the years of the Menard, which consisted of World War II and Korean veterans.
Bill leaves behind his sister-in-laws, Ruth Miller and Janet Kittley; plus many nieces and nephews, great-, great-great-, and great-great-great-nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters and beloved wife Julie.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2135 Weston Street, La Crosse. Pastor Bruce Iverson will officiate and burial with Military Honors will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bill’s family would like to thank the staff at Hillview Assisted Living where he spent the past five years and said that every staff member and resident was like family. Also, thank you to Pastor Bruce for coming to see Bill at Hillview Assisted Living and taking communion when he was no longer able to go to church and most recently for visiting him while at Gundersen. Thank you to Gundersen Health System for Bill’s excellent care and for making every effort to see to Bill’s comfort for during his final days.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, La Crosse.
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