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Donald C. Miller

Published June 18,2020

Obituary's Biography:

Donald C. Miller, age 69, of Grayslake, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at his home.  Don was born March 2, 1951 in Joliet.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ellen, whom he married on June 23, 1973 at Grace Methodist Church in Joliet; his children, Heather (Matt) Fried, Kim (Jim) DeVitto, Marianne (Aaron) Reichlin, Jeremiah (Julia) Miller, Sarah (Steve) Teipel;  his grandchildren, Brian, Nick, Connor, Brady, Rocco, Grace, Vinny, Talia, Noah, Eleanor, Charlie and James; and a sister, Kathy Fagan.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David Miller.  A drive-through visitation is scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2020 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, lL 60030. Interment will be at Willow Lawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.    For information, please call 847-223-8122 or log on to www.strangfuneral.org.

6 replies on “Donald C. Miller”

  1. Don Miller was my friend and coworker of almost 40 years. He was ahead of me as an engineer, but also in several other important areas.

    Don worked hard, but intentionally made time for his family. That could be a date with Ellen or to attend or transport children to events. As I quietly observed, I learned about prioritizing things.

    Don often told a (truthful) story to illustrate a topic under discussion – seeming to laugh every time as he brought it to conclusion. He maintained that joy through these many years of hardship with MS. His consistent faith and joy was inspiring to me.

    Don lived his life well because he walked humbly with God. Years ago, he had taken Jesus up on His offer for forgiveness – to make him fit to live in God’s presence. And Don depended on Him daily for wisdom and strength. I watched and learned from my “older brother”…and am forever grateful to him for that.

    Thanks Ellen, Heather, Kim, Marianne, Jeremiah and Sarah for sharing your husband and dad with me. He spoke fondly to me about each of you… recounting strengths, weaknesses, differences, successes and learnings. I can tell you confidently that Don cherished each of you (and your children) and felt honored that you were in his life. It is a rich thing to be known fully and loved well by a husband/dad/grandpa. That came out of Don’s relationship with God – Who knew him fully and loved him well.

    Denise and I are with you in this loss. I will miss my friend and am praying for you all. There is a day coming, when death is vanquished. For now, Jesus’ words can give us strong hope during this time of grief, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25

    1. John, This is beautiful and I will make sure to share with the family. Thank you, and I was so glad to meet you.
      Julia (Jeremiah’s wife)

  2. Our prayers go out to Ellen and family for God’s comfort to surround you all. I worked with Don for many
    years and knew him to be the most kind gentleman and caring person. He will be sorely missed by our
    “breakfast gang” and always in our minds.

  3. Ellen & family, So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Missy

  4. Ellen and family, I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Don was a special person, kind and smiling with everyone and I know you have many wonderful memories to sustain you on this journey. I have no doubt I missed much by not being near to enjoy your friendship in the years after our graduation. My prayer is that some of your memories will occasionally catch you when you least expect them, brightening your heart and bringing a smile to your face. God bless. Lainie

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