Donald Miller Jr.

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Donald “Don” Joseph Miller Jr, 62, of Belleville, IL, born July 28, 1960, in East St. Louis, IL, passed from this life August 7, 2022, at his residence.

Don was a beloved husband, brother, father, and “Pop Pop”. He was a friend to anyone and everyone he met. Don’s “Bad Habit” was boating and lake life. To Don there was nothing sweeter than a warm summer day spent with his family and friends hanging out on the boat and floating in “Dave’s Cove” at Lake of the Ozarks. Don’s winter weekends were spent working on projects with his boys and family dinners every Sunday night.  On those Sunday nights you would often find Don with his littlest grandchild on his chest as he rocked him to sleep while everyone else enjoyed a quiet dinner. Don loved spending time with his family and his family will forever cherish those simple and precious moments.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Anna, nee Saul, Miller; his father-in-law Albert “Jack” Hoppenjans; a nephew, Nicholas Kadavi; and a brother-in-law, Gary Kadavi.

Don is survived by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Julia Marie, nee Hoppenjans, Miller, whom he married on May 5, 1984; three sons, Ryan (Jill) Miller of Belleville, IL, Jason (Megan) Miller of Edwardsville, IL, and Brandon (Melissa) Miller of Swansea, IL; five grandchildren, Jackson Miller, Sullivan Miller, Baby Girl Miller due in December, Grayson Miller, and Grady Miller; his fur children, Jake, Wrangler, and Charlie; four sisters, Sharon Kadavi, Mimi (Mark) Luechtefeld, Susan Hanlon, and Ann (Mike) Louth; his mother-in-law; Jeanette Hoppenjans; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jeanna (John) Dwyer, Jill (Richard) Rozycke; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and many more dear family and friends.

Memorials may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 12 noon Saturday, August 13, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  The family requests casual attire, in honor of Don.

Funeral:  Memorial services will be held at noon Saturday, August 13, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Godfrey Mullen, OSB officiating.

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31 Comments on Donald Miller Jr.

Ellen O’Brien said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2022 at 12:42 AM

I went to Althoff with Don and he was a sweet, gentle person. He was kind to everyone. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Janesville
  • WI
Mark & Bunny Vonbokel said : Guest Report Aug 15, 2022 at 10:13 AM

Julie, Mimi and families, So sorry to hear about Don. He was such a great guy. Cherish your memories. You are all in our prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Sheila O’Brien said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2022 at 1:58 AM

Sympathies and prayers to Don’s entire family. What a shock to read of his passing. Our families go way back to St. Patrick Parish in East St. Louis. Donny was the boy in the family of wonderful girls - his mom, Sharon, Mimi, Susan, Ann. Hugs for all. Love, Sheila

  • Chicago
  • IL
Mark & Kimberly Forcade said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2022 at 5:47 AM

Mimi, Mark and families. We were very sorry to hear of Don’s passing please except our sympathy. Our prayers are with you

  • Smithton
  • Il
Denise Clayton said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2022 at 9:08 AM

Mimi (and Family), I am so sorry to hear about your brother. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Hugs, Denise

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Ellen Parker said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2022 at 8:09 AM

To the Miller family, It has taken days to find the words to express the sadness surrounding Don’s passing. Life has changed immensely. You His memory will live on as we reminisce and hold Don’s spirit in our heart. My condolences to Don’s family and friends who will miss him. May you feel comfort from those who love you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jim Galvin said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2022 at 8:01 AM

A stalwart of our old west-end neighborhood. Great guy from a great family. An example for, and loss to, many. You have my prayers, and we have our memories.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Teresa Hunt said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2022 at 8:46 PM

May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rainfall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Miss and love you my friend of 40 years

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Steve & LuAnn Allar said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2022 at 5:23 PM

Very surprised to learn of Don’s passing, always enjoyed visiting with him on the dock at the lake. My deepest sympathies to Julia and boys.

  • Fairfax
  • Iowa
Christie Schet said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2022 at 4:10 PM

Deepest sympathy to the family & friends of Don . So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to all of you to give you strength in the days to come . The Scher Family

  • Belleville
  • Il 62223
Steve Frazier said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2022 at 1:37 PM

So sorry, and quite surprised to hear of the passing of Don. I attended Althoff and played basketball with him in the mid-late 70's. A "gentle" giant as I recall him to be. I personally never heard Don boast regarding any of his academic or athletic achievements. I will hopefully see you someday in heaven. Do all that you can, Don, to help me gain entrance.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Marli Yoder said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2022 at 12:16 PM

So sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you in this of trial.

  • Sturgeon
  • Missouri
Carol Harris said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2022 at 12:06 PM

I was so sad to hear of Don’s passing. I got to know Don through our LDA group at Lake of the Ozarks. We became fast friends. Don was funny, giving, full of life, and just fun to be around. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for his wife Julie, and his entire family.

  • Smithville
  • Texas
Elrena Carter said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2022 at 10:15 AM

My deepest sympathy to all of Don's family. My heart goes out to all of the family. So many memories and good times with Don and Julie over the last 30 + years. May God comfort the family at this time of sorrow. Elrena

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Gary Blome said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2022 at 9:25 AM

Julie, please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Ed LeMarbe said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 11:41 PM

To Don's wife Julie, their children, entire family and friends! Don will be missed by all, as he was loved and respected by all of us who had the pleasure of working, playing and sharing his life. His contributions to our lives were numerous and his sense humor could always brighten the day!

  • Ballwin
  • MO
Greg & Jan said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 9:27 PM

Julie, Brandon,Missy,and Family , So sorry for your loss of Don. RIP Don. God Bless.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Johnny boy said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 5:55 PM

Don always called me johnny boy, and always was a good friend. I loved doing work for Don because after wr always had a drink together and talked about the past. And now there will never be a pass. Love you Don..

  • Granite city
  • Illinois
Jeffrey Rasch said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 4:19 PM

Julie, I'm so very sorry to hear about Don. Please know that you'll be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Maryville
  • IL
Brenda and Steve Lemon said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 3:03 PM

We’re so sorry to hear of Don’s passing . Our sincere condolences. May your family find comfort in the Lord, our Savior during this difficult time.

  • Bradenton
  • Florida
Kerrie and Steve Harter said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 1:53 PM

So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Skip & Kathy Kernan said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 12:46 PM

Thoughts & prayers to all of the family. I had the pleasure of going to grade school and high school with Don he was one of a kind ! and he will be sorely missed by all.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Ellen Staff said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 12:23 PM

Julie, Mimi and families, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to help you through this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Charlie and Pat Ruhmann said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 12:09 PM

Julie and boys, Pat and I were so sorry to hear this news. Don was always so supportive of me at Paul Flum and became a very good and true friend over the years. You and your beautiful family will be in our prayers through this heart breaking time. I will never forget my “gentle giant” friend, Don. Love, Charlie and Pat

  • Lake St. Louis
  • Missouri
Joe and Maureen Tabacchi said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 11:56 AM

We were very sorry to hear about Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Joe and Maureen Tabacchi, Unit Y3

  • O Fallon
  • MO
James & Julie Goodman said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 11:16 AM

To Julie the Miller Family, We are so sorry to hear about the tragic loss of Don. Sending all of the love and prayers to you and your family.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
RW Blackwell said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 10:37 AM

So sorry for your loss. May Yah give you peace and strength during this trying time.

  • Alvarado
  • TX
Kathy Guenther/Mon-Clair Animal Hospital said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 10:27 AM

We are so very sorry and saddened to see Don passed away. Our prayers are with you.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Gordon Jewett said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 10:16 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Lazy Days and the lake won't be the same without Don. May God give you strength to get through this difficult time. In Sympathy, Gordon and Kathy

  • Osage Beach
  • Missouri
Ed Ernst said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 10:09 AM

May a river of Sorrow gently flow through the hearts of The Miller Family. May an Ocean of fond Memories help ease the Sorrow within. Deepest sympathy and condolences to all. Ed Ernst

  • Fenton
  • Missouri
Savannah Halbe said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2022 at 9:59 AM

Dear Julie & family, I am so incredibly sorry for the loss of someone I know you loved so much. Hearing this news was heartbreaking. My family and church family are praying for peace for you all in the coming days.

  • Edwardsville
  • IL

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