Friday, May 9, 2014

Norman P. Miller

Norman P. Miller, 93, passed away at home on May 9, 2014.  Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Louise Miller; father-in-law, Frank, and mother-in-law, Alice Lannoye; brothers, Bernard and Richard; sister, Lucille Lichter; brothers-in-law, Harry Lichter, Stanley Penczykowski, John Gyurina, Robert Burke, William Gursky, Harry Fischer, Vernon Lannoye, Edmund Lannoye; sisters-in-law, Betty Miller, Patricia Lannoye, Vivian Sanders, Marjorie Lannoye, Betty Lannoye, Joan Lannoye and Juanita Lannoye.

He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Phyllis; daughter, Pamela (Mark) Reichelderfer; son, Robert; grandchildren, James Tye, Matthew (Catherine) Tye, Abigail (Shawn) Vaughn; great-grandchildren, Spencer, Sophia, Emma, Jack and Eloise; brothers and sisters,  Frank (Dolores) Miller, John (Helen) Miller, Dolores Burke, Geraldine Gursky, Gladys Penczykowski, Jean Fischer, Joyce Gyurina; sisters-in-law, Beverly (Peter) Mandli, Vivian De Groot; brother-in-law, Richard Lannoye; and eighty-four nieces and nephews.

Norm married Phyllis at St. Edward Church. He served in the U.S. Army on domestic duty during World War II. He was born and raised on a farm and started his own farm in Mt. Pleasant, raising tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes and grain. With Phyllis, he started Durand Driving Range & Miniature Golf in 1957, semi-retiring in 1983, working at and overseeing the business until its close in 1996.  He was a longtime member of St. Edward’s Church, active in the Holy Name Society and an active leader and chair of its annual Fall Smoker card party.  In retirement, Norm enjoyed his family, gardening, golf, blackjack and traveling throughout Wisconsin, and in winter, Florida.

Norm will be remembered as a hard-working husband and father who treasured his marriage and was devoted to his family.  He was a devout Catholic whose faith was very important to him.  Norm had a great sense of humor, took pride in his farm produce and the environment of his business which helped many people enjoy the game of golf.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 6 p.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Rev. Richard Molter and Rev. William Burkert concelebrating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Thursday from 4-6 p.m.  Private interment with Full Military Honors will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover.

The family has suggested memorials to St. Edward’s Parish or to The Norman & Phyllis Miller Scholarship at the St. Catherine's High School Foundation.

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