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Charles "Chuck" G. Miller, 74, of Rockford, died suddenly but peacefully at home on February 24, 2017. Chuck excelled at everything he did: he was not going to play one sport, but three: baseball, football and basketball and was a superstar at all of them. He was not going to be drafted once by The Dodgers, but twice. He was not going to just be a Marine, but a fighter pilot who earned both his Marine Corps and Air Force wings at Miramar (Top Gun). Then he said he would fly missions over Vietnam, but not drop bombs, only take pictures. So he flew reconnaissance. This continued when he met Anita Olson, who would become his wife of 46 years, while still in the service. She was a Swedish model who spoke 6 languages. Shortly after their courtship began, Anita was out in the desert doing a modeling shoot. Now, because she was known as a pretty aggressive hippie, no one believed that she could be dating a Marine. That is until Chuck did a flyover of the shoot in his F-4. Anita pointed to the sky and said, "That's my boyfriend!" He was not going to just follow his father's steps into the Presidency of The Testor Corp- he was going to see it through one of its most exciting decades: including the production of the model of the Stealth Airplane that didn't even officially exist. He used the tools taught to him by athletics, business and the military of teamwork, camaraderie, ethics, consistency and honesty as his personal compass. There are so many big stories to describe Chuck Miller, but he was far more comfortable in the small stories. Small stories like offering to be the only daycare for his 4 month old grandson and the the military-like precision he would apply to the diaper tape in the fulfillment of his promise. Small stories like watching his grandsons play baseball on a sunny day or the devotion he showed to his wife after she needed to go into assisted living by visiting her every single day.Chuck's relationships were his proudest achievement: the development and nurturance of them. He loved the people in these relationships openly and freely, almost unheard of for a man of his generation.

That is what he would want to be remembered for: not the shiny stuff but as a man who celebrated empathy, rejoiced in compassion and practiced and preached unconditional love.
Survivors include the boy who crowned him with the title he was most proud of: Papa, Charles Gustav "Gus" Miller; Emily Miller, mother of Gus, daughter of Chuck; his wife Anita; daughter, Christa Miller Lawrence and her children, Charlotte, Will and Henry Lawrence; sisters, Susan Saint James Ebersol and Mary Mercedes Miller (John) Dewey. Also by his nieces and nephews including: Amanda Miller Lameyer, Charlie Miller, Jon Miller, Alexandra Dewey Lehrman, Tyler Dewey, Goddaughter Hannah Dewey, Camilla Soderborg Johnson, Pernilla Soderbor. Also survived by his O'Brien cousins, including Virginia; and sister in law, Tracy Miller. Predeceased by his glorious parents, Charles D and Constance G. Miller; beloved brother, David Miller; niece, Meegan Miller; nephew, Teddy; and best friend, Jerry Wexler.
A Visitation will be held a month prior to the ceremony from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Friday, March, 10, 2017 in Olson's North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main St Rockford. Chuck's Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, April, 8, 2017 in the North Main Chapel, with Pastor TroyAnn Poulopoulos officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Miller Legacy Trust, c/o BMO Harris Bank, Brynwood Branch, 2705 N Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61114.




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Condolences & Shared Memories (7)

  1. Charles G.Miller

    I wanted to see an obituary for Charles G. Miller because that’s my name, hey this Charles G. Miller lived a great life!

  2. Dave Kauzlarich

    Chuck joined us at T-Cat High in 1958. I remember him driving his Dad's black T-bird convertible to school at St. Thomas on occasion. After school we would feed quarters into the pinball machine up a few blocks on west state. I remember Susan as a little girl running around the big house on the river, while us "big" boys played pool.

  3. Sharon Glawe

    Emily and Anita. I'm so sorry to hear of Chucks passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you my special friends.

  4. Shawn Robinson

    Best wishes, Emily!

  5. Craig and Terri Lindmark

    We're saddened at Chuck's passing. We hold Chuck, Anita, Emily and Dave in highest regard. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Respectfully, Craig and Terri Lindmark

  6. Sheridan Lee Cernik

    What to say? Chuck and I met when the Miller family moved to Rockford: we lived a few blocks apart. We have been friends ever since. I have the email I sent him on the morning of the 24th. Did he ever see it? Emily and Gus, you were the center of his life. His friends and family were the outer ring. He was caring and loving and loyal. How lucky we all are to have known such a wonderful person. He will always be with us. Goodbye.

  7. Roberta Ingrassia

    Dear Emily, Your father was a delightful man, loving husband , father and grandfather. I know you and your son and all your family and friends will miss him. May your memories of all the joyful and loving times together bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Hugs and love to you, Mrs.I.


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