Milton Dale Miller entered eternal rest on January 2, 2020, at the age of 94. He was born on May 9, 1925, in Gilmer (just North of Tyler). He was the second oldest boy of 11 kids (seven boys and four girls). He was known as Dale to his family.
In 1943, he met and married Louise Marion Bauer in September of 1943, they had a short time together before he left for the war.
On August 30, 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army at the beginning of WWII, to serve his country. On July 7, 1944, he was part of the second wave of the allied invasion in Normandy, France where he landed on Normandy Beach just 30 days after the initial invasion on D-Day. On August 10, 1944, he was wounded when a bomb went off next to him raising him more than 2 feet in the air injuring his back and also busted his left ear drum, and a piece of the shrapnel is still imbedded in his leg. He had ringing in his ears (the kind that would drive most people crazy) for more than 75 years and he never complained about it. He proudly served his country with honor and was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries. His DD-214 stated that he had brown eyes and brown hair and was 5’8” tall.
Milton and Louise had four children; Irma, Edythe, James and Wesley. After her long battle with cancer, Louise passed away on February 9, 1977. They were married for 33 years.
In late 1977, Milton was visiting with his daughter in the area where he used to live, he ran into Nancy Anderson at her home; they used to be neighbors. Over the coming months things progressed and on March 25, 1978, he married Nancy at the age of 52. He started over with the brand new family of 6 children ranging in age from 15-7 (Joett, Matthew, Trina, Vernie, Kathy, Trudy and later our brother James). They were married more than 41 years.
In March of 1979, he was a charter member of Ata- Bexar County Line Volunteer Fire Department in which he serviced northern Atascosa and southern Bexar County and served as the Chaplain.
In 1980, he relocated to Abilene to join the family business, Miller’s Deliveries, they had a successful business that sustained them for more than 9 years.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 36 in Abilene and he served as Commander.
He was a Life Member of VFW Memorial Post #6970 in Poteet. This past summer, the post awarded his grandson, Danny, a $2,000 college scholarship and he was able to attend the presentation ceremony with Danny.
He had a beautiful tenor voice and loved to sing and harmonize. He was a member of a men’s quartet in San Antonio.
Over the years he lived in San Antonio, he was a member of Hatfield Memorial Church of the Nazarene, Highland Hills Church of the Nazarene, East Terrell Hills Church of the Nazarene and CrossRoad Church of the Nazarene. He was a Godly man and he loved and served the Lord all his life.
Milton loved to make people laugh and see a smile on their face. He would tell jokes or as other would say “hoo-rah” you. Some of his jokes were funny, some were corny, but you always got a laugh more at the way he told the story. His facial expressions and body language were a hoot.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Louise M. Miller; daughter, Edythe Scott; grandson, Shawn Wilkey; and five brothers, Roscoe, Lawrence, Donald, Paul and Roger.
He is survived by his second wife, Nancy J. Miller; brother, Grant (Judy) Miller; sisters, Joyce (John) Terrell, Doris Brown, Mary Ann (Billy) Christmas and Shirley Owens; brother-in-law, Keith Vail; daughter, Irma (Mike) Spaulding; sons, James D. (Gayle) Miller and Wesley (Sharlene) Miller; daughters, Joett (Danny) Morrison, Patrina (Larry) McGill, Kathy Long, Trudy (Jesus) Garcia; and sons, Matthew (Julia) Timberlake and Vernie (Adeina) Anderson. He had 27 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In closing, he was a beloved son, brother, uncle, faithful husband, great dad, awesome grandpa, greatgrandpa, great-great-grandpa and friend. He never met a stranger!
Visitation was held on Sunday, January 5 from 3-6 p.m. at Mission Park Funeral Chapel South. Funeral Services were held on Monday, January 6 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the internment that followed at Mission Burial Park South with Pastor Lee Young officiating.