William “Bill” Miller

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William “Bill” Lawrence Miller, 85, of Fairview Heights, IL, born September 18, 1935, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, January 24, 2021, at Garden View Care Center, Chesterfield, MO.

Bill was a member of the Belleville Police Department, retiring in 1996 as a detective, and was a member of the Major Case Squad.  He was an avid bowler and participated in numerous leagues, eventually achieving the “perfect” score of 300 and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame. Bill participated in other team sports as pitcher for the Belleville Police Department softball team and horseshoe throwing, as well as many community events.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Parish where he served as an usher and enjoyed working in the fish and beer stand at their picnics and fish fry’s.  He was a security worker at Fairmount Park racetrack where he eventually gave up his position in the last few years to spend time at home with his wife and beloved dog, Buddy.

There were no strangers to Bill as he would meet and talk to everyone in town.  Many mornings were spent at the Bread Company and evenings at the Moose Lodge. Bill will be fondly remembered for his quick wit and quiet, patient demeanor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl A. and Teresa S., nee Dobbins, Miller; a sister, Vera Lee Witwer; and a brother-in-law, Harley Witwer.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 61 years, Shirley L., nee Hermann, Miller, whom he married on February 7, 1959, at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Belleville, IL; a son, Michael E. (Janet) Miller of Tilden, IL; two daughters, Karen S. (Michael) Alvarez, Huntsville, AL, JoAnn (James) Killeen, Chesterfield, MO; six grandchildren, Allison (Tom) Sheffer of Louisville, KY, Andrea Alvarez of Huntsville, AL, Melissa Miller (Jon) Shudra of Marquette, MI, William Miller of Sheboygan, WI, JD Killeen and Jack Killeen, both of Chesterfield, MO; seven great-grandchildren, Luke, Nate, Sebastian, and Vivi Sheffer, Kayla, Brooke, and Mason Hatfield; a niece, Wendy Witwer Laughrey of Orange City, FL; numerous cousins; and friends whom he loved and shared good time with during his life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any animal rescue organization. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

A celebration of his life will be planned this spring.

 

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25 Comments on William “Bill” Miller

Hazel Gordon and Family said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2021 at 11:56 AM

To the family and friends of Bill. We are so sorry for your loss. My grandma and grandpa Hazel and Marvin Gordon were their neighbors for many of yrs on Gatewood Court. Marvin has passed but Hazel is doing amazingly well at 95 yrs young. Still lives there and was sharing memories of past times with the Miller's. Thinking of you all. Brenda Brannan granddaughter

  • Belleville
  • IL
Edna Logan said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2021 at 12:12 PM

Dear Shirley, So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Chuck Moore said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2021 at 8:41 PM

Spent many days and evenings with Bill as a partner while in the Detective Division of the Belleville Police Department. Many fond memories over the years. RIP my friend, you’ll be remembered by many.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Bob & Arlene Diekemper said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2021 at 5:54 PM

Dear Shirley and family: Sorry to hear of Bill's death. He and I were in the same class at Cathedral High School. He and all of you are in our prayers.

  • Chesterfield
  • MO
Sue Guetterman said : Guest Report Jan 28, 2021 at 8:26 PM

So sad to hear about Bill’s passing. He was one of a kind with a keen sense of humor. My sincere condolences to Shirley & family. I believe there will be a big party waiting for him in Heaven. ❤️

  • Belleville
  • IL
Betty and Carolyn Vog said : Guest Report Jan 28, 2021 at 5:23 PM

Shirley and family you have our sympathy and prayers, We are part of the Bagel Bunch and always enjoyed Bill's humor. He will be truly missed. We are having a Mass said for Bill at Holy Trinity parish.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Bruce Fleshren said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 11:46 PM

My condolences to the family. I worked with Bill many times through the years he was with BPD. He was always a good police officer and I’m sure a better man.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ron Borkowski said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 8:55 PM

RIP Bill, your shift is over.

  • Highland
  • Illinois
Ron Borkowski Ret Collinsville P.D.. said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 8:52 PM

I worked with Bill at Fairmont Park and enjoyed his good nature.

  • Highland
  • Illinois
William Moseley said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 8:15 PM

My condolences to your entire family on the loss of Bill. I enjoyed my working relationship with Bill back in the day as well as catching up with him during the annual Smithton Fireman's BBQ event and the track. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sandra Glueck with Bagel Bunch said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 6:51 PM

We all have spent 20 years as Breakfast time with Bill and Shirley and our group at Panerai Bread company. In fairview. We will will miss you Bill. Love you Shirley and family. Our hearts and prayers are with your family. Greatest friends

  • Ofallon Il.
  • Il.
David Frame said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 1:30 PM

Shirley, so sorry to have heard of this news. I was just talking about Bill last week with one of the "old timers" from the PD. "Wild Bill" as we called him always kept things lively up in Det's and we enjoyed many lunches together. A fine man and the utmost gentleman! R.I.P. and God speed sir!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Don and Annette Isselhard said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 1:15 PM

We loved Bill he was a wonderful human being He is in our thoughts hearts and prayers Our deepest condolences

  • Cape Coral
  • FL
Pat Prindable said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 10:23 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathy. Just wanted to let you know what a fine person Bill was to work with and be around. He was always friendly and generous with his time. It was my Honor to work beside Bill on the Major Case Squad. RIP brother!

  • OFallon
  • 071122661
Jan Gedda said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 10:22 AM

Dear Shirley and family...So sorry to hear of Bill's passing..One great guy! Whoever was resposnible for writing Bill's obit..knew him well... 'quick wit and quiet, patient demeanor'

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 10:14 AM

Shirley and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was great friend from our high school years and later on as a police officer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • nashville
  • il
Roger Hottenrott said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 6:11 AM

I am sadden to heard of Bill’s passing. I spent a lot of time with Bill at Fairmont Park and got to know Bill as a person and friend. Praying for you Shirley and your family.

  • Smithton
  • ILL
DIANE Bottani said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2021 at 9:16 PM

Dear Shirley and cousins, I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a great guy. I always enjoyed his sense of humor. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love tO all of you. DIANE and Joe

  • St. Louis,
  • MO
Michelle and jules Eversgerd said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2021 at 3:43 PM

We are so sad to hear about our dear cousin Bill. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Ofallon
  • Il
Judy Haida said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2021 at 3:25 PM

Shirley and family, We are sorry to hear about your loss. We have so many good memories of Bill. We are so glad that we were able to get together on his birthday last September. Sending prayers to all of you! Don and Judy❤️

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Andy Gleeson said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2021 at 1:42 PM

Obviously knew Mr Miller as the patriarch of your family and enjoyed his company at your family events, particularly the Super Bowl parties of yore. In later years I really got to know him at the track as in his security role he always took care of me at the Top of the Turf. He always took time to converse and fill me in on his growing family. My deepest condolences .

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Steve Knefelkamp said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2021 at 1:21 PM

Shirley and Family, just saw the obituary on Bill. So surprised but sending Pam and my deepest sympathy along with thoughts and prayers for your loss. May God bless you all!!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Laura Sheffer said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2021 at 12:34 PM

I'm sorry to hear about Mr. Miller's passing. I will be thinking of you in the days to come and praying for comfort for those who loved and knew him. Love, Laura Sheffer

  • Prospect
  • KENTUCKY
Don and Annette Isselhard said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2021 at 9:09 AM

We hold you close to our hearts and in our prayers at this most difficult time. We send you love and peace, and cherish special memories of times we shared with Bill. Don will sorely miss his very special cousin. With love...Don and Annette

  • Cape Coral
  • FL
Pat Dietrich said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2021 at 5:32 PM

Lot of fond memories working with Bill at Fairmont RIP Pat Dietrich

  • Fairview
  • ILLINOIS

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