Charles Edward Miller Sr.September 25, 1939 ~ June 29, 2017 (age 77)
Charles Edward Miller Sr., 77, of Auburn, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 29, 2017, with his loving family at his side. After a courageous battle against heart disease, Charlie or Chuck, as many knew him, leaves behind his best friend and beloved wife of 58 years, Vernita “Needi” Miller.
Charles is also survived by his daughter, Tamara West and her spouse Frederick West, and their children Nicholas and Melissa West and Lori Jenkins; son Charles Jr. and his wife, Lori, and daughters Brittany, Danielle, Laura and Jamie Miller; daughter Marci Miller and her son, Gage Pyck; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Born on September 25, 1939, in Muskegon, Michigan, Charles was the second of two children born to Orville and Hazel Miller, both of whom preceded him in death. His brother, Orville L. “Bud” Miller Jr., daughter and “Little Angel” Lori Ann Miller, and stillborn daughter also preceded him in death.
Charles and Needi married on April 17, 1959, in Muskegon. With his wife, Charles enjoyed traveling, family gatherings and cookouts, and camping. His passions were genealogy research and woodworking, and he loved watching University of Michigan football, NASCAR and golf. He also enjoyed deer hunting and fly fishing in his early years. At Christmas Eve family gatherings, Charles made his famous Manhattan drinks, garnished with green olives that fit only his taste buds. His family will continue that tradition in his memory.
Before beginning a 44-year career with Artistic Carton, he served six months of active duty and three years in the Army National Guard. After retirement in August 2002, the Lord put it on Charles’ heart to make two mission trips with New Hope Christian Center to Louisiana to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. He also took a studious interest in the American Civil War.
In his final weeks, Charles spoke with his grandchildren about the importance of having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and believed with his wife that their great marriage was a blessing from the Lord.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at New Hope Christian Center, 900 S. Wayne St., Waterloo, with the Rev. Ralph Diehl officiating.
Memorials may be directed to Vernita Miller to help with expenses.