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The Life of Willis E Miller

WILLIS ELMER ''SHORTY'' MILLER MINERAL RIDGE - Willis Elmer “Shorty” Miller passed away on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at 10 p.m. at Shepherd of the Valley, with his family by his side. He was 86. Mr. Miller was born in Mamont, Pa., on Dec. 15, 1929, the son of the late Clair E. and Estella Weaster Miller. He attended Stewart School Systems.
Following school, Willis enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during World War II. Mr. Miller retired after many years as a crain operator for Columbia Iron & Metal in Girard. Willis was a member of the New Hope United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of the Austintown Fraternal Order of the Eagles 3298, a lifetime member of the NAUS Club, and a member of the Mineral Ridge VFW Post 4192.
Mr. Miller cherished the times he spent in the outdoors especially while camping, fishing, hunting, and cookouts with his family and friends
. He is survived by a daughter, Dorothy (Randy) Alfrey of Niles; a son, Clair (Denise) Miller of Niles; two brothers, Jay Miller of Howland and Gary (Sherry) Miller of Apollo, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Miller is also survived by his significant other, “Toots” of Homosassa, Fla. In addition to his parents, Willis was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Beason Miller, who passed away in September of 2002; a daughter, Rose L. Miller; two sons, Nelson and Billy Miller; two sisters; and three brothers.
Memorial contributions can be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses. Friends and family may visit www.NicholasFuneralHome.com to view the obituary and send condolences.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at the Wm Nicholas Funeral Home and Cremation Services LLC, 614 Warren Ave., Niles.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Curtis Miller, pastor of the New Hope United Methodist Church. Internment will take placed at Green Haven Cemetery, where full military honors will be rendered.

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