Donald Lyle Miller

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Donald Lyle Miller

October 03, 1928 - January 01, 2019

Donald Lyle Miller Donald Lyle Miller, 90, of Morrison, Illinois, passed away Friday, January 4, 2019 at Mercy North, Clinton, Iowa. A wake will be held for Donald L. Miller at the Community Center of the Odell Public Library on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Friends will gather to share stories of Dons life. The Rev. Fr. James Brzezinski will offer prayers at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
The Celebration of Life Solemn High Mass with tolling of the bell and incense will be offered Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM with The Rev. Fr. James Brzezinski celebrating at The Church of Saint Anne, 401 North Cherry Street, Morrison Illinois 61270. Interment of cremains will take place in the Resurrection Garden - St. Annes Church following Mass. Snell-Zornig Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting
Due to the limited space at The Church of St. Anne, one may desire to attend the wake at the Community Center at Odell Library where the Morrison Community will gather to honor Don and the legacy he has given to us.
In lieu of flowers, Don has requested that memorial offerings be given to The Church of St. Anne Donald L. Miller Memorial Fund, 401 N. Cherry St., Morrison, IL 61270.2606
Don was born October 3, 1928 near Lanark in Rock Creek Township, Carroll County, Illinois, the son of Louis G. and Lucille M. (Franklin) Miller. He married Eileen Leah Bealer in Fenton, Illinois on June 2, 1956; she died February 3, 1998.
Don was a United States Air Force Veteran serving from 1946 to 1948 and was retired from the Air Force Reserve.
Don was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University attending from 1948-1952. Don taught 4th -8th grade Band and Voice in Morrison Middle School and Northside School from 1953 to 1993. He also taught K-12 Band and Voice in Wenona, Illinois from 1952-1953.
Donald was a member of The Church of St. Anne, where he was very active; he was a member and past board president of the Odell Public Library, the Morrison Music Theater Association and was a longtime active Rotarian. He enjoyed traveling, reading, music and rose gardening.
Survivors include his sisters-in-law: Delores (Daniel W. Wohlstadter) Berge, Janice (William) Lundin and Joan Zuidema; brother-in-law, Laurence (Beverly) Bealer; nieces and nephews: William Berge, David Lundin, Christopher Lundin, Eric Lundin, Andrea Hurson, Steven Stanton, Daniel Stanton, Kaye Hoogerwerf, Tracy Ziegenhorn, Edward Zuidema, Michael Bealer, Phillip Bealer and John Bealer.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his niece, Jeanne Dee Berge and his parents.
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Dave Scudder
Jan 13, 2019
Don was a very nice man. He always had a smile and a good word for everyone he passed on the street. He was a great part of my life when i was a young boy. He always remembered a name and a face no matter how much time had passed. I will miss waving at him on the streets. RIP
Carolyn Aiken
Jan 08, 2019
Don was my band teacher for the 5th-8th grade as well as my 7th grade Social Studies teacher. He became a mentor and suported me as I embarked upon a music career. He and Eileen became friends as we performed together in THE MESSIAH and with MMTA. He made my life so much richer for being a part of it. His life will continue to have an impact on this community for years to come. I will miss you.
David Bean
Jan 08, 2019
Don and Eileen were so gracious and welcoming to my wife and I when we moved to Morrison in 1982. I was the new young band director in town and the Millers invited us into their home for dinner and wonderful conversation. That began a friendship that has lasted through the years. I know this will be said many times but, Don Miller was a true gentleman in his dealings with every person he contacted. His influence will be felt in the community for decades to come from all of the good works that he effected.