Russell V. Miller

Born: Sat., Mar. 21, 1931
Died: Thu., Feb. 4, 2021

Graveside Service

1:30 PM Fri., Feb. 12, 2021
Location: West Cemetery

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Russell Verlin Miller, age 89, of Pittsfield, IL passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. He was born March 21, 1931 in Winchester, IL to Raymond and Catherine Cummings Miller. He married Cecelia Terrazas on October 7, 1951 and she survives.

Russell graduated from Higbee High School and then joined the United States Air Force serving from 1951-1955. Russell was stationed in Albuquerque and Roswell and then returned to Pittsfield working at Dainty Dress Dry Cleaners. In 1957 he moved to Houston, TX and worked as an electrician for 18 years before returning to Pittsfield where he worked as a self-employed electrician with his brother, Richard.  He then went to work at Pittsfield High School for nearly 15 years until his retirement.  He was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pittsfield and a past member of the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152 and Emergency Corps in New Canton.  Russell had a big vegetable and flower garden every year and was well known for his salsa and Hawaiian banana nut bread.  He loved barbequing and mushroom hunting, and was often the cook at his son-in-law’s hunting cabin.  Russell adored his wife and she was the twinkle of his eye.  He and Cecelia had a great love for animals.  Russell was ornery and stubborn but also loving and caring.  He was a hard worker and loved his daily routine.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Cecelia Miller; two sons, Larry (Rachael) Miller of Houston, TX and Russell V. Miller, Jr. of Springfield, IL; four daughters, Carla Nipper, Kathy Helm, Susan (Donny) Bradburn, and Becky (Danny) Lee, all of Pittsfield, IL; twelve grandchildren, Cissy (Joseph) Stiles, Lawrence (Lisa) Miller, Cole (Casey) Bradburn, Jessica (Matthew) Donnenwirth, Jeremiah (Kim) Johnson, Levi (Madison) Bradburn, Kahla Stevenson, Adam (Narelle) Lee, Korie (Adam) Whitford, Katie (Stephen) Johnson, Jared (Carrie) Lee, and Kimee (Jack Danger) Miller; special daughter, Andrea Hess; fifteen great grandchildren with one on the way; one great great grandchild; brother, Richard (Betty) Miller of Pittsfield, IL; and several nephews and a niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Janet Rutledge; and two sons-in-law, Vernon Nipper and Jim Helm.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1:30 PM at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Pittsfield.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Russell's memory to the following organization:

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Pittsfield, IL

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Carole Hirsch
   Posted Sat February 06, 2021
My sincere sympathy to the family. Remember them all when we were church family. Russell had a long life with a loving family to support him. Now he waits for you to join him in the presence of Lord. Prayers for all.

Mary Lea Prentice
   Posted Sun February 07, 2021
I am thinking of you and want you to know I have so many fond memories of Russell and family. I remember working with your Dad at Pittsfield High School and found him always to be so pleasant to me. He loved his family.

Millie Young
   Posted Wed February 10, 2021
I feel likeI knew Russell through the lives of my two coworkers and his daughters, Kathy and Susan. What a wonderful legacy Russell and Cecelia have in their family. Prayers for peace and love while grieving for your loss.

Millie Young

Judy Graham
   Posted Wed February 10, 2021
Russ - I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Thu February 11, 2021
To all the Miller family my condolence in the loss of Russell. He will surely be missed by all who knew him. His obituary reads as a life well lived and enjoyed.
I hope you can be comforted by your faith in God and the love of family and friends.
My Sincere Sympathy

Lisa (Daniels) Krumwiede
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
Susan and family, so sorry to hear of your loss , our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lisa & Tim Krumwiede 45

Bob and Kathleen Dunn
   Posted Mon February 15, 2021
We are so sorry to learn of the loss of Russell. I enjoyed working with him at the high school and also knowing all the family. Please accept our sympathy and prayers.
Bob and Kathleen Dunn

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