Carrollton | Tuesday, February 1 2022 |
Frederick Clemens Miller, 81, of Carrollton, IL, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2022, at his home in the loving arms of his family, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Fred was born at home in Jerseyville, IL, on September 14, 1940. He was the son of the late Robert F. and Margaret M. (Groppel) Miller, and brother to Roberta George, of Kansas City, MO, who survives.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clem and Freda Groppel and Fred and Nora Miller, his parents, and step-mother Mary (Breitweiser) Miller; Loving father and mother-in-law, Lawrence and Pauline Kirbach; Also aunts and uncles, Otis and Dorothy Cooper, Clem and Dolores Groppel, James and Gertrude Coombes, a brother-in-law, Bill George, and several cousins.
He married the love of his life, Sherry (Kirbach) Miller on October 24, 1964, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Carrollton, IL, and she survives. Also surviving are his children, Catherine M. Stumpf of Carrollton, IL, and Joseph F. Miller and his wife, Ashlee, of Chatham, IL, 7 grandchildren – Logan Miller, Grace Miller, Ella, Charlie and Maggie Stumpf, and Kasten and Kayne Newberry; nephew, Rob Kanallakan of St. Louis, MO and niece, Christie Liles of Kansas City, MO; his very close cousins Linda Kirbach, Leonard Cooper, Stan and Mike Groppel, Gena Long, and Pat Staples; along with several great-nieces and nephews.
Fred graduated from Jersey Community High School with the class of 1958, and the School of Automation of St. Louis, in 1963. After high school, he worked for several local businesses until entering the US Army in January of 1960. He served in Georgia, Colorado, and also overseas in Germany with the military police before his discharge in December of 1962.
Upon his return home, he worked at Alton glassworks, Biederman’s Dept Store, Alton Liberty Loan and Sunderland Motor Co. before being employed by Central Illinois Public Service Co./AmerenIL in February 1965, until his retirement as a dedicated lineman on June 1, 2002.
He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, IBEW 702 Electrical Union, and the Carrollton Masonic Lodge.
Fred was an avid bowler, liked playing golf, hunting, fishing, and especially enjoyed time with family and friends at their cabin on the Mississippi River at Hamburg, IL. He also enjoyed weekly lunch trips with his friends.
His children and grandchildren were the light of his life. He especially enjoyed attending their sporting events, playing cards, and just spending time together.
He was a devoted son, husband, father, grandpa, and friend. Fred will be greatly missed.
Services: Burial and Celebration of Life to be scheduled at a later date. Memorials may be made to St.John’s School or ALS Society. Airsman-Hires is assisting the family at this time.
Airsman Hires Funeral Home