John Miller

John Miller

SAVOY – John Pratt Miller, 91, of Savoy, a former Paxton resident, passed away at 9:53 a.m. Friday (Dec. 22, 2017) at Windsor Court, Savoy.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, McLean, with Pastor Don Doty officiating. Masonic rites will be held before the funeral service at the church at 10:30 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Armington.

Baier Family Funeral Services, Paxton, is handling arrangements.

John was born on Sept. 7, 1926, in Normal, the son of Arthur B. and Irva Pratt Miller. He married Mary Ann Gastineau on Feb. 21, 1947, in Peoria. She survives.

Along with his wife of 71 years, he is survived by his "four girls," Linda Alley of Metamora, Kathleen (Bill) Cearlock of Ogden, Susan Overstreet of Champaign and Dee-Dee (Dave) Cook of Mahomet; five grandchildren, Cory (Giselle) Overstreet of Chicago, Clayton (Krista) Overstreet, Craig Overstreet, Ross (Lana) Cearlock, all of Champaign, and Adrienne (Dan) Hirsch of Orland Hills; five great-grandchildren, Christian and Gabrielle Overstreet of Chicago, Kaitlyn and Garrett Overstreet of Champaign, and Grant Hirsch of Orland Hills; a sister, Eleanor Best of Fort Myers, Fla.; one nephew; and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, William Laskey.

John graduated from Woodruff High School in 1944. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II from 1944 to 1946.

He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1976. John and his family moved from the Peoria area to Paxton in 1959 when he started work at Chanute Air Force Base, retiring as chief structural civil engineer in 1982.

In 1986, he and Mary Ann moved back to his family farm in Armington. He enjoyed spending time in the timber with his tractor and his horse "Brandy." He enjoyed building and shooting muzzle loading rifles.

His greatest joy was spending time and laughing with his family. He often said, "Who has more fun?"

John was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, the Paxton and Minier Masonic Lodges, Order of the Eastern Star, Shriners, American Legion and VFW.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital.

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