Charles W. Miller, Sr., age 70, of Medill, MO (Kahoka), passed away Friday, December 11, 2015 in the Scotland Care Center in Memphis, MO following a battle with cancer.
Charlie was born September 15, 1945 at Memphis, MO, a son of William and Nora
He was united in marriage to Sheila Horton on April 19, 1966 at the First Baptist Church in Keokuk by Rev. Sweeney.
Survivors include his wife, Sheila, of Medill; mother-in-law, Helen Horton of Keokuk, IA; three sons: Charles (Paula) Miller, Jr. of Kahoka, MO, John (Jaime) Miller of Keokuk, IA and Daniel (Amanda) Miller of Medill, MO; one daughter, Angela (Roy) Gilbert of Kahoka, MO; nine grandchildren: Kayla (Cody) Streit, Brittani Miller (Nick Washburn), all of Kahoka, MO, Natasha Miller (Derrick Watson) of Quincy, IL, Shelby Miller (Josh Dietrich) of Keokuk, IA, Coty Miller of Ottumwa, IA, Olivia and Bella Miller, both of Medill, MO, Hailee (Toby) Gilbert-Washburn and Preston Gilbert, all of Kahoka, MO; six great grandchildren: Garrick Brownlee, Chesslinn Streit, Daylin Miller-Watson, Tayden, Taviah, and Taizlee Washburn; three brothers: Henry Miller of Oakland, CA, Fred (Erna) Miller of Keizer, OR, and Bill (Janette) Miller of Toma, WI; a sister, Mary (Larry) Downing of Milton, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Don (Debbie) Horton, Jr. of Fort Madison, IA, Loretta (John) Foster of Winthrop Harbor, IL, and Carol (Patrick) Haage of Keokuk, IA; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law; four brothers: Rick, Gene, Bob, and Jim Miller; and, two sisters, Edith Jones and Frances Harris.
Charlie attended school in Memphis, MO and was raised in the Christian Church there. He entered the Army early before graduating and received his G.E.D. while serving in the military.
He had worked in maintenance a number of years for the Clark Co. Nursing Home and at his retirement he had been a 25 year employee of the Clark Co. R-1 School District. He took great pride in painting the football field for homecoming and other special games. He was nicknamed the “Candy Man” because he always had a piece of gum or candy for the kids. He had owned a bait and archery shop in Medill and was President of the NEMO Bow Club.
Charlie loved to hunt and fish. He and Sheila enjoyed nightly rides just to enjoy nature and to see what wildlife they might view. He was a huge John Wayne fan and loved watching western and war movies. The biggest piece of his heart belonged to his family and especially grand and great-grandchildren. He loved them dearly and loved to see their faces when he would pick on them, tease them, and just give them a hard time.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with words of comfort being provided by George LeMaster, Jr. Special music was “I Cross My Heart”, “One More Day”, and “Go Rest High”.
Honorary Pallbearers were: Tom Moots, Dale Moss, John Davis and Dan Horton.
Pallbearers were Nick Washburn, Coty Miller, Cody Streit, Josh Dietrich, Terry Brownlee, and Zac Fuller.
Burial and Military Rites by Herman Blum Post #192, American Legion and Ayer-Boatman Post # 4342, V.F. W. and Missouri Military Honors representative, was in the Kahoka Cemetery.