MILLER, William E.
Funeral service for William Earl Miller (Bill), 81, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in the Chapel of Sevier Funeral Home. He was born in St. Louis, MO on October 23, 1929 to Charles I. Miller and Rose (Colodesch) Miller. He passed away in Chickasha on June 12, 2011 after a lengthy illness. Bill attended Chickasha Public Schools, graduating in 1947. He was active in tennis and Boy Scouts, where he obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Bill attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated in 1951 with a degree in business. His college activities included tennis, Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity and writing for the school newspaper "Student Life." After college he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Bill began his lifelong career in retailing in the family business, The Dixie Store. He was very active in the Chickasha Community. He was president of the Jay Cees (1956-57), president of the Rotary Club (1962), and president of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce (1986). He served on the board of the Black Beaver Council of the Boy Scouts, the board of trustees of the USAO Foundation, as a Director of the First National Bank and Trust for many years. He was awarded "Boss of the Year" by the American Business Women's Association. He was a founding member of the Soccer Association and was a soccer coach for his son's team. He was an active member of Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City, and a director for many years of the Hillel Advisory Board at OU in Norman. Bill was married to Eleanor Bleiweiss in St. Louis on June 8, 1958, and they just celebrated their 53rd Anniversary. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Miller; 4 children: Beverly and Rabbi Barry Hirschman of Passaic, New Jersey; Sherri and Dr. Coleman Spector of Chicago, Illinois; Jeff and Weng Miller of Manilla, Philippines; Beth and Oren Chen of Chicago, Illinois; 16 grandchildren: Yochevad and Etan Mayo, Devorah and Kuppie Cohen, Miriam and Aron Mandel, Leah and Baruch Ebstein, Sholom Hirschman, Sara Hirschman, Shaina Hirschman, Malki Hirschman, Hadassa Hirschman, Temima Hirschman, Shifra Hirschman, Adam Spector, Ryan Spector, Sarah Miller, Avi Chen and Beni Chen; 9 great-grandchildren. Interment will be at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, Chesterfield, Missouri. Arrangements are under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home, Chickasha, OK.