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11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Walter Miller

February 10, 1929February 6, 2020
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Today, February 6, 2020, we said goodbye to our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, Walter Miller. Walt was born February 10, 1929 to Rev. Walter Miller, Sr. and Ida Barker Miller in Dayton, Ohio. As a product of the Great Depression, his parents instilled in him a work ethic that he carried with him throughout his life. Upon graduation from Patterson High School, Walt felt the need to support his country during World War II. He enlisted as a proud Marine and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. We, as a family, are honored to have had this member of the Greatest Generation as our patriarch. After leaving the military he completed his education at Sinclair College. Upon graduation he took an entry level clerical position with the NCR corporation, working his way up to Director of all NCR real estate properties in the United States, where his expertise in finding locations and designing buildings was put to use in his many projects.He ended his 43 year long career with NCR with his retirement in 1990. During his very active lifetime, Walt enjoyed spending time with his family which usually included the sharing of his skills as a grill master with all of us. He also shared his culinary talents while preparing meals for special events at his church, Mandarin Presbyterian. Some of his happiest times were the many trips that he enjoyed with his loving wife, Sharon. Walt loved a good balcony! He loved taking in the scenery and enjoying the views everywhere from the beaches in Florida, cruising on a Riverboat somewhere in Europe, watching the sun set in Hawaii to looking out at the majestic beauty at the base of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Walt was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Danny and Ray, sisters Wauneti and Geneva. Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Sharon, his children Greg (Lori) of Circleville, Ohio; Mary Edmondson (Michael), Denver; Patty Williams (Rick), Denver; Morgan Munson (Chris), Jacksonville, his ten grandchildren, Ryan and Beth Miller; Cassidy Goldsworth and Jessica Johnson; Ian, Tara, and Conor Paxson; Parker, Drew and Carson Black. He was also blessed with five great grandchildren, Finley, Matthew, Lewis, Olivia, and Julia. One special message that Walt shared with Sharon shortly after they met, became very important to them throughout their marriage and became something they tried to live by through the years. Why Should I Give? Because I have been given to - Because I have received life and have touched the edge of its fullness. Because I have been given trouble, and sometimes have grown. Because joy has sneaked into my life, caught me off guard and carried me away. Because I have been opened by love and am beginning to bloom, Yet most of all, because I have been given hope. Hope to dream again, to pick up and begin again and again. And that’s the total absurdity of the truth; I really, I have been given it all. Why should I give? Because I want to, I need to, for my own sake. Because-because-I guess, because I can do no other.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
  • A Celebration of Life Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Committal Service Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Memories

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Eric Dubisky

February 10, 2020

So thankful to have known Mr. Miller! Praying for Mrs. Miller, Morgan, and "my boys." Love you all!

Chris Munson

February 9, 2020

Walt was a second father to me and I just worshipped him. He was kind, he had a huge heart and he loved his family more than anything in the world.

Walt taught me the art of grilling, he told me about his experiences growing up during the depression and told me about being in WWII. The fact that the man trusted me with his experiences and more importantly, with his daughter and grandsons was a tremendous honor.

Rest In Peace Walt. Don’t worry, I will take care of Sharon, Morgan and the boys.

Heidi Berry

February 9, 2020

My uncle Walt was the best cook when it came to steaks 🥩. He always had a smile on his face and open arms for a hug. I am so blessed to have seen him in September of 2019, I enjoy spending a few days with him watching his favorite tv shows and the Jaguars 🐆 football game! My new 🌟 bright star looking down on me. Love you Uncle Walt! ❤️

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Biography

Today, February 6, 2020, we said goodbye to our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, Walter Miller.
Walt was born February 10, 1929 to Rev. Walter Miller, Sr. and Ida Barker Miller in Dayton, Ohio. As a product of the Great Depression, his parents instilled in him a work ethic that he carried with him throughout his life.
Upon graduation from Patterson High School, Walt felt the need to support his country during World War II. He enlisted as a proud Marine and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. We, as a family, are honored to have had this member of the Greatest Generation as our patriarch.
After leaving the military he completed his education at Sinclair College. Upon graduation he took an entry level clerical position with the NCR corporation, working his way up to Director of all NCR real estate properties in the United States, where his expertise in finding locations and designing buildings was put to use in his many projects.He ended his 43 year long career with NCR with his retirement in 1990.
During his very active lifetime, Walt enjoyed spending time with his family which usually included the sharing of his skills as a grill master with all of us. He also shared his culinary talents while preparing meals for special events at his church, Mandarin Presbyterian.
Some of his happiest times were the many trips that he enjoyed with his loving wife, Sharon. Walt loved a good balcony! He loved taking in the scenery and enjoying the views everywhere from the beaches in Florida, cruising on a Riverboat somewhere in Europe, watching the sun set in Hawaii to looking out at the majestic beauty at the base of the Matterhorn in Switzerland.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Danny and Ray, sisters Wauneti and Geneva. Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Sharon, his children Greg (Lori) of Circleville, Ohio; Mary Edmondson (Michael), Denver; Patty Williams (Rick), Denver; Morgan Munson (Chris), Jacksonville, his ten grandchildren, Ryan and Beth Miller; Cassidy Goldsworth and Jessica Johnson; Ian, Tara, and Conor Paxson; Parker, Drew and Carson Black. He was also blessed with five great grandchildren, Finley, Matthew, Lewis, Olivia, and Julia.

One special message that Walt shared with Sharon shortly after they met, became very important to them throughout their marriage and became something they tried to live by through the years.
Why Should I Give?
Because I have been given to -
Because I have received life and have touched the edge of its fullness.
Because I have been given trouble, and sometimes have grown.
Because joy has sneaked into my life, caught me off guard and carried me away.
Because I have been opened by love and am beginning to bloom,
Yet most of all, because I have been given hope.
Hope to dream again, to pick up and begin again and again.
And that’s the total absurdity of the truth; I really, I have
been given it all.
Why should I give?
Because I want to, I need to, for my own sake.
Because-because-I guess, because I can do no other.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.