William S. "Billy" Miller

July 26, 1925February 2, 2013

Billy Miller, 87, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away February 2, 2013. Visitation from 6:00-8:00 p.m., with Rosary at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 7 with funeral services at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 8 at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City. Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Bill was born July 26, 1925 to Roy F. Miller and Ruth (Evans) Miller in Heavener, Oklahoma. Early in his childhood, Bill returned with his mother to Kansas City, where he lived throughout his entire life. Early on, Bill developed a strong, life-long passion for tennis. He actively played from 1935 to 1998. In 1938, Bill had the honor of serving as Ball Boy for the Mexico-Australian Davis Cup at the old Rockhill Tennis Club where he saw some of the greatest players of that era: Budge, Kramer, Riggs and Parker, to name a few. Bill won his first tournament in 1939, and would go on to win over 135 tournaments throughout his career. Bill later joined the Navy in September of 1943, where he served with the 5th Marine Division during World War II as a Navy Corpsman. He saw combat in February of 1945, where he was wounded in action. Bill was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945. Bill was a huge fan of the University of Missouri, where he received his BS in business. He would go on to work in sales and eventually open his own sales company, WMS Miller & Co. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Mildred A. Miller and Frances Morton. He is survived by his loving wife Bette Miller, son Chris Miller, daughter Julie Miller, two nephews, Rick (Kathy) Morton and Jimmy Morton. Special thanks to Dr. John Goldberg and his nurse, Debbie; Dr. Bernard Levi; and all the doctors and staff at the VA Hospital. It’s been a “helluva” ride! In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148, or Operation Breakthrough, 3039 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, 64109. Condolences may be offered at


  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2013
  • Rosary Service Thursday, February 7, 2013

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March 21, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Miller. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Kelly Monaghan

February 8, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss of a great man, husband and father. Everytime I had the pleasure to be around him he made me laugh.. whether it was at my expense or Julie's! He could always make you smile. May you find some peace during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

February 7, 2013

Aunt Betty, Chris and Julie,
Truly sorry to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. It's been years since I last saw him but I'll always remember him as a kind, warm person with keen sense of humor and wicked tennis game. Always enjoyed talking sports with him.

Hang in there, guys.

Steve Koeneke (Kim, Courtney, Dan, Maggie, Brenna)

Father Luke Byrne S.J.

February 7, 2013

Dear Bette and Chris and Julie
I want you to know I am with you in your time of great loss. How I remember Bill from my SFX days of yesteryear! Such good memories! I am joining my prayers to all of yours as we accompany Bill on his journey back to his Creator and Lord. May each of you know the closeness of the Lord in this hard time of closing a long and storied chapter of family history.

Jeff Nessel

February 6, 2013

Although this is a time of sorrow, it is also a time for reflection and the one thing I will remember Bill for was his passion. Be it for answers to crosswords or investments, or standing up for his fellow vets, Bill was a fighter and you can be proud of his many achievements. Bette, Julie and Chris, I am so sorry for your loss.

Kelly Moore

February 6, 2013

Our deepest sympathy Bette, Chris and Julie. Bill was quite the role model and we will always remember his smile. Kelly Moore & Kathy Laughlin

Patty Stoetzer

February 6, 2013

Bette, Julie ( my best life long friend) and Chris,
Well, what a man he was!
I will forever remember where it all began, 57th Cherry st.
Mr. Miller as I would call him for a long time, then Bill, then Billy, was a strong hard working family man who I will never forget . Bill and the Miller family have been a part of my life from the beginning and I will be forever grateful the good Lord put our families together. Our dads are now together again watching over their families as they always did. God Bless you Bill Miller or as Gracey Stoetzer will always remember you as " Dollar Bill", may you rest in peace. We love you Miller family!
Patty , Tim, Taylor, Brock and Gracey Stoetzer

Ted, Debbie and Jack Blanchard

February 6, 2013

We are so very sorry for your loss. Bill was such an amazing Husband, Father and Friend. Lots of love and hugs to Bette, Chris and Julie. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Much Love!!

Amy & Bob Rote

February 5, 2013

We will always love & remember Bill. Our condolences to the entire Miller family.