James R. Miller Sr., 71, of Paris, Ill., and formerly of Vandalia, died at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, at Paris Healthcare Center.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery, Paris, with full military rites by American Legion Post No. 211 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3601. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials: Community Bible Church youth, VFW Post No. 3601 or East Central Illinois Autism Support Group.
Mr. Miller was born on Aug. 1, 1936, in Vandalia, the son of William C. and Lola W. Bolyard Miller. He married Barbara Hill O’Connor on March 24, 1980, in Old Saybrook, Conn.
He was retired after 21 years of service in the U.S. Army and then worked for many years as a sales representative and manager for W.W. Barnhart and Co. of Paris. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, and was awarded three Purple Hearts. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Paris and also attended Community Bible Church, a member of VFW Post No. 3601 and was serving as 17th District commander, and a member of American Legion Post No. 211, 40&8 and Eagles Club. He and his wife enjoyed portraying Santa and Mrs. Claus for many years.
He is survived by his wife; son, James R. Jr. and his wife Becky Miller of Mattoon; daughters, Katherine McDowell of Quincy, Ind., Cheryl Anne and her husband Robert Funkhouser of Paris, and Pamela Jean and her husband David Kelly of Brocton; brother, William L. Miller of St. Charles, Mo.; sisters, Nancy D. Schaal of Shobonier, and Diane Davis of Collinsville; grandchildren, Kari Mari Miller, Chelsea Eryn Allen, Michelle Jones, Michael Kremer, Mindi Tompkins, Jessica Riley, Derek Funkhouser, Lauren Funkhouser and Michael Kelly; great-grandchildren, Blake Jones, Morgan Jones, Taylor Tompkins, Kyler Feller and Max Allen; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cynthia A. Rhoads; brother, Michael Miller; and sister, Marjorie Nichols.