Bill Eugene Miller © Abernathy Aaron Funeral Home 04-2019 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
October 24, 1942 - April 23, 2019
Bill Eugene Miller was born October 24,1942 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to William Eugene and Mabel Lucille Miller. Bill passed away at the age of 76 after a hard fought, eleven-year battle with cancer.
Bill graduated from Ponca City High School with the class of 1961. He briefly attended college at Northern Oklahoma College where a petite, brown-eyed girl crossed his path and he ‘accidently’ knocked her books out of her hand. After helping her pickup her books, he quickly got her name and number and called her. He soon moved to Oklahoma State University to complete his college education but at the beginning of his Junior year he received a draft notice. After his Junior year was completed, he said goodbye to his family and friends and went to Viet Nam as a United States Marine. While in Viet Nam he served with distinction earning promotion to the rank of Sergeant after serving only 4 months in theatre. After his tour in the Marine Corps Bill was honorably discharged and returned to the United States. Bill loved being an American, he held our country’s values dear and held dear the lives of those who fought so we could live in a free country.
After he returned, he married the ‘brown-eyed girl’, Donna Kay Fulton, whom he had loved since their days at Northern Oklahoma College. Bill and Donna had a special marriage and Donna calls Bill the ‘love of her life’ They spent years traveling to the mountains together, visiting family and friends and as of late, spending time on the patio together. Bill and Donna have two children together, Jill and Brent.
Bill was a great father, he loved his children unconditionally, he was always available to help them through a difficult situation, to give advice, give a hug or just listen. He also enjoyed passing on his knowledge and skills to his children. His children thought he was the most amazing father and will cherish the time they had with him.
Bill was a skilled carpenter and he loved teaching his students. He enjoyed helping them with projects and basic life and home skills. He loved seeing students succeed. He especially loved keeping up with his students after they graduated and over the years some students became close friends. Bill taught Woodshop at Crescent High School for over 20 years he continued teaching in Las Vegas for 10 years, a move that left friends and neighbors scratching their heads and wondering ‘what had gotten into Bill and Donna!?’
When Bill and Donna were ready to retire from teaching, he and Donna returned to Oklahoma. They settled in Edmond to be closer to medical resources, however, Bill never strayed too far from Crescent, after all, Bill loved his community. He had spent years working, volunteering and helping side by side with friends
Bill never met a stranger, he made friends everywhere he went, the carhop at Sonic, the receptionist at the Doctor’s office, the checker at Walmart. He could and would talk with anyone.
Bill valued family and his faith. He taught us how to honor God through serving others, he taught us how to be kind to everyone and to ask for forgiveness when wrong. He lived his faith and gave his family a reason to want to follow in his footsteps. Bill will be dearly missed, He is survived by his wife Donna Kay Miller, Son Brent Miller, Daughter Jill Valiant and husband Rich of Edmond and sons Samuel, Rudy and Elijah. Sister Judy, and her husband Jerry Oglesby and niece Erica Oglesby. He is preceded in death B his parents
Funeral services will be Tuesday April 30 at 1030 at the First Baptist Church in Crescent with Rev Paul Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Ponca City, OK. Services are under the direction of Abernathy-Aaron Funeral home in Crescent.
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