Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL


Willis "Bill" Duane Miller

August 24, 1930November 4, 2019

Willis “Bill” Duane Miller, age 89, of Portage, MI, formerly of Peoria, passed away November 4, 2019 at his residence in Portage, MI. Bill was born August 24, 1930 in Delavan, IL, the son of Melvin and Marie (Litwiller) Miller. He served in the U. S. Army from 1951-53, was a longtime resident of Peoria, IL, and resided the past 10 years in Portage, MI. Bill was employed with Caterpillar for 36 years prior to his retirement in 1986. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, member of Order of Eastern Star Creve Coeur Chapter 946 and past-president of OES Endowment Trust Fund for State of Illinois; member of American Legion Post #2; and member and past-president of the Peoria Heights Suburban Lions Club.

On August 8, 1992, he was united in marriage to Paula (Cole) Higdon-Miller, who survives. Also surviving are his daughter Mona (Derek) Wenger; grandson Jason (Nichole) Beaver; step-son Michael (Tina) Higdon; step-grandchildren Stephanie Evergreen, PhD and Chris (Emma) Higdon; a step-great-grandson Byce Evergreen. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and step-brother Harvey Hummell.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00PM on Thursday, November 7th at the Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home, 2408 W. Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL, 61614. Funeral Services with Military Honors will be held at 10:00am on Friday, November 8th at the Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Hansen officiating. Entombment will be in American Mausoleum in Peoria at a later date.

Memorials in Bill’s memory may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, or Pathfinder Church. Please visit Bill’s personalized web page at www.woolsey-wilton.com.


  • Melvin Miller, Father
  • Marie (Litwiller) Miller, Mother
  • Harvey Hummell, Step-Brother
  • Paula (Cole) Higdon-Miller, Wife
  • Mona (Derek) Wenger, Daughter
  • Jason (Nichole) Beaver, Grandson
  • Michael (Tina) Higdon, Step-Son
  • Stephanie Evergreen and Chris (Emma) Higdon, Grandchildren
  • Bryce Evergreen, Great-Grandson
  • Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Marie; and Step-brother Harvey Hummell.



  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service with Military Honors Friday, November 8, 2019


  • Entombment


Willis "Bill" Duane Miller

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William Davies

November 10, 2019

From An Old Soldier's Prayer:

I have fought when others feared to serve.
I have gone where others failed to go.
I've lost friends in war and strife,
Who valued Duty more than love of life.

Bill Miller was a proud member of the
United States Army and an honored
member of the American Legion Post 2.
He was with the American Legion
for 54 consecutive years.
He will always be remembered
as "one of us."

For God and Country
Bill Davies
Commander Post 2

Diane Clark

November 7, 2019

Bill was my first cousin. He was an usher in my wedding. My dad always said he was like a brother other than a nephew. I wish I could have come but I fractured my neck. I will remember him and hope to meet him again.

John Allsworth

November 7, 2019

My sympathy to Paula and the family. I have many fond memories of experiences and activities with Bill in the Lions Club. He was a joy to be with as Lions activities progressed.

G. Pollock

November 6, 2019

Paula & Family,
We are so very sad for your loss of Bill, who was a kind, and humble man.
Bill had emence knowledge of so many different aspects of life, and I ALWAYS enjoyed listening to his knowledge of history.... he will be surely missed.

Fond memories & loving thoughts,
Don & Gerri Pollock