Norman E. Miller, 85, of Altamont, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning Dec. 9, 2017 at 12:05 a.m.
Funeral Services were conducted Saturday morning Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. in the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Altamont with Rev. Dr. James F. Wright and Rev. Bernard Ross III officiating.
Visitation for family and friends was conducted from 4-7 p.m. on Friday Dec. 15, 2017 at the Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont and again for one hour prior to the funeral services at the church.
Military Burial Rites will be at the church cemetery by the Altamont American Legion Post #512 immediately following the funeral service.
Norman was born into the Christian family of Elmer and Sophia Yagow Miller on Oct. 28, 1932 one of three siblings at the family farm in Mound Township, Effingham County. Norman was baptized and confirmed his faith at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.
He attended the parochial school through the seventh grade and eighth grade at the Altamont Grade School, and then attended the Altamont High School and graduated with the class of 1951 where he participated in basketball and baseball.
His early business involvement was led by newspaper delivery and mowing lawns. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and advanced to Officer’s Training School, was honorably discharged and served in the Naval Reserves for four years.
Norman subsequently began working for the Kuffle Motor Co. and Dunlap and Ballard John Deere dealership for 16 years. He then took employment with the State of Illinois serving as administrator for I.D.O.T in Effingham. He then took a position with Cargill Company-Seed Division and received numerous awards for outstanding sales.
He also served as precinct committeeman for Mound Township for 32 years as well as serving the Effingham County Housing Authority for 28 years and as chairman for 12 years. In 1960, he and his wife started Advertising Specialties, now known as Promark Advertising, and retired from the sales field in 2004.
He was very active as a collector of John Deere tractors and toys, postcards and antiques. His other interests and memberships included, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Effingham County Culture Center and Museum Association, founding member of the Old National Trail two-cylinder tractor club, founding member of the Altamont Schuetzenfest, the American Legion and a lifetime St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.
Norman married Margaret Ruth Holste on May 15, 1955 in the St. Paul “Blue Point” Lutheran Church, rural Altamont, Illinois by the Rev. H. T. Schmidt.
He is survived by his:wife Margaret Ruth Miller, Altamont; three sons: Steven Dean Miller; David Kent (Nita) Miller, Altamont and their children: Joshua, Joel, and Jessica (Tyler) Rueter; Kevin Brent (Colleen) Miller, Longview, TX and their children: Lauryn and Preston Miller; daughters: Diane Sue (Scott) Fish, Murfreesboro, TN and their children: Alison and Amy Fish; brother: Richard Lewis (Edith) Miller, Altamont; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren,and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his: parents, Elmer Herbert Miller and Sophia Louise Yagow-Miller; infant son, Mark David Miller; brother Franklin Miller.
Memorials they may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, American Legion Post #512 and or the Donor’s Choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kullfuneralhome.com.