MOUNT MORRIS — Marvin Eugene Miller, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, Nov. 5. He was born on July 22, 1933 in Freeport the son of Oliver Kenneth & Myrtle June (Folk) Miller. Marv was a Mt. Morris High School graduate, class of 1951; and he was a lifetime Mt. Morris resident. He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953, and was stationed in Germany building bridges. Marv married Janette Knodle on June 12, 1955 and she preceded him in death on May 8, 1999. On March 4, 2000 Marv married Juanita (Neat) H. Glotfelty in Mt. Morris, who was his high school classmate.
Marv worked at Kable Printing Company until his love of construction led him to being a carpenter where he worked as a foreman building buildings and schools in Northern Illinois. In 1964 he started his own business, Marv Miller General Contractor, where he and his crew built and remodeled many of the homes and buildings in the Mt. Morris area. He owned and operated Village Lumber Service in Mt. Morris for many years.
When Marv wasn’t working hard, he was playing hard. One of his favorite sayings was if you’re too busy to hunt and fish, then you’re too busy and he lived by it. Marv enjoyed snowmobiling, boating, water skiing, shooting sports, hunting and fishing, he enjoyed all things with his family and friends. Marv has hunted and fished from Argentina to Northern Canada. He was a member and proud supporter of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever, and many trap clubs, and fishing clubs. He was a lifetime member of many outdoor conservation organizations.
Marv along with Neat spent time fishing and traveling, but most was spent in Canada at Cats on the Red and Put-in-Bay, Ohio on Lake Erie, where it was their home away from home. They also loved spending time with grandchildren and in most recent years with great grandchildren which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Marv is survived by his wife: Neat Miller; five children: Mindy (Duke) Thomas, Marilyn Miller, Mike (Rita) Mearns, Matt Miller, Mary Kay (Kevin) Marshall; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; sisters: Mary Ann (Keith) Glazier, Kay (Ken) Sorn; and many nieces and nephews.
Marv is preceded in death by his parents, wife: Janette; sons: Mark Miller, Mat Mearns; and two brothers: Richard and Gary.
Memorial services for Marv were held on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris. Visitation was held on Thursday, Nov. 10 in Finch Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Mt. Morris Fire Foundation, Serenity Hospice & Home, and/or Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.