Walter Edward Miller

Walter Edward Miller
Walter Edward Miller


Walter Edward Miller, age 73, of Brownstown, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Miller was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sauers. He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion.

He was a retired Master Sargeant from the United States Air Force after serving 21 1/2 years of active duty. He also retired as a jet mechanic crew chief and aircraft maintenance technician, and received three commendation medals, six good conduct medals, and a Vietnam service medal.

Walter loved spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, watching Nascar, and watching football, especially the Colts.

Born on January 21, 1946, in Beaverton, Michigan, he was the son of Ilo H. and Ruth Priebe Miller, both of whom preceded him in death. On January 24, 1990, in Marquette, Michigan, he married Carla Defibaugh, and she survives in Brownstown.

Survivors also include two sons: W. Eddie Miller of Painesville, Ohio, and Brian (Michelle) Miller of Erie, Pennsylvania; one daughter, Stacy Miller (Mike Kidwell) of Brownstown; one step-son, Shane (Crystina) Schroer of Rose Hill, Kansas; two step-daughters: Holly (Mark) Sawyer of Seymour, and Tomie (Corey) Bobb of Brownstown; one brother, Dennis Miller of Topeka, Kansas; one sister, Ida Zielinski of Lockport, Illinois; 14 grandchildren: Kimberly Pack, Jessy Pack, Nicholas Pack, Crystal Pack, Steven Miller, Cassidy Sawyer, Chase Sawyer, Sage Broughton, Brinley Bobb, Timothy Schroer, Cody Schroer, Hannah Schroer, Claudia Schroer, and Logan Schroer; and two great-grandchildren: Theresa Bratcher, and Haley Bratcher.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jackson, and brother-in-law, Anthony Zielinski.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown, with Pastor Craig Muhlbach officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the graveside service.

Military honors will be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Vietnam Vets 7.

Memorials may be given to VFW Post 1925 of Seymour, and Schneck Medical Center Hospice.

Arrangements are being handled by Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown.

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