Colonel Louie Miller Jr.
April 24, 1920 – June 3, 2019
Colonel Louie Miller, Jr. (USAF Ret) of Victoria, Texas, passed away on June 3, 2019 at the age of 99 in Round Rock, Texas. Col. Miller was born on April 24, 1920, at Coleman, Texas, the eldest child of Louie & Nelle Burleson Miller. He entered the military service as an enlisted man in 1939 after graduating from Mineola High School, later he received a BS degree from the University of Maryland and MS degree from the University of Colorado. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1941 and met his wife Jackelynn M. Harris in 1940. They were married in 1941 in Boerne, Texas. Col. Miller had a long (32 ½ years) and distinguished military career serving in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II and in Germany during the Army of Occupation. He also served tours of duty in Japan, Greece, and Hawaii and at the Pentagon in the office of the Air Adjutant General. Other assignments included duty in Texas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, California, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Virginia. He was recipient of many medals and awards including 2 Legions of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, 6 Commendation Medals, Presidential Unit Citation, Medal for Humane Action with the Berlin Air Lift Device, Reserve Medal, Longevity Medal w/ Silver Palm, Outstanding Unit Awards w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with 2 Bronze Stars, Victory Medal, Occupation Medal, American Defense Medal and others. He retired from the USAF in 1972 while assigned to HQ USAF Security Service, Kelly AFB, an organization in which he served 18 years. After retirement Col. And Mrs. Miller settled in San Antonio to be near their children. Later they moved to Victoria to be near their daughter. Lou continued to reside at Copperfield Village after his wife’s death in 2007. In December of 2019 he moved to an assisted living facility to be near his oldest son Lou. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. His wife and family along with his dedication to the church were the primary factors in his life. After retirement he served with the TX Dept. of Human Resources, and later as Sales Manager of a real estate company. He also devoted considerable time to the Church of Christ of which he was a member for over 80 years – serving as an Elder, preacher and teacher. At the time of his death he was a member of the Blythe Church of Christ and a life member of the American Legion Post 593 and AF Aid Society. He is survived by two sons: Dr. Louie Miller III and wife Barbara of Georgetown, Texas, and Scott Harris Miller and wife Idalia of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter Cathy D. Murphy and husband Danny J. Murphy of Kennesaw, Georgia; Grandchildren Kimberly Yates of Houston, Texas; Jennifer Buchanan (Shawn) of Acworth, Georgia; Stephen Miller (Ron) of Houston, Texas, Matthew and Katelynn Miller of San Antonio; one great-grandson Charles Yates IV; four great-granddaughters Sarah and Kelly Yates, Elizabeth and Morgan Buchanan; two sisters Doris Grammer of Lubbock, Texas, and Eleanor Jean Curtis of Tyler, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Jackelynn, one brother, Billy Joe Miller and one sister, Gabrielle Tutor. Funeral services will be held at Rosewood Funeral Home on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The family will receive family and friends prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or the Salvation Army. Share condolences at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.
- Louie Miller, Father
- Nelle Burleson Miller, Mother
- Jackelynn Harris Miller, Wife
- Dr. Louie Miller III and wife, Barbara, Son
- Scott Miller and wife, Idalia, Son
- Cathy Murphy and husband, Danny, Daughter
- Doris Grammer, Sister
- Eleanor Jean Curtis, Sister
- Billy Joe Miller, Brother
- Gabrielle Tutor, Sister
- Louis also leaves behind grandchildren, Kimberly Yates of Houston, Texas, Jennifer Buchanan (Shawn) of Acworth, Georgia, Stephen Miller (Ron) of Houston, Texas, Matthew and Katelynn Miller of San Antonio; one great-grandson, Charles Yates IV; four great-granddaughters, Sarah and Kelly Yates, Elizabeth and Morgan Buchanan to cherish his memory.
- Stephen Miller
- Matthew Miller
- C. W. Yates IV
- Dale Fowler
- Matt Brittian
- Jimmy Balcer
American Cancer Society
2500 Fondren Rd #100, Houston, Texas 77063
American Heart Association
10900-B Stonelake Blvd, Austin, Texas 78759
1304 N. Louis St., Victoria, Texas 77901
- Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Burial Saturday, June 8, 2019
Colonel Louie Miller Jr.
June 7, 2019
Of all the military commanders I have worked with and for, Colonel Louie Miller ranks at the top of the list. His military service, which spans many years was not only commendable, it was of the highest quality. As a commander he was dedicated to the mission and personnel under his command. Active in civic programs, strong involvement in church activities, and community projects, he participated in the life of the community. He loved and cared for his family: a loving husband, a devoted father, & grandfather, and he had many friends. My wife and I were honored to be among them, and would love to attend the funeral services and celebration of his life, but ill health prevent us from doing so. We extend our condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Chaplain, Colonel, Walter H. Mattison (RET) and his wife Gwyn
June 7, 2019
One of the finest men of character & wisdom I ever knew . He was devoted to his Savior , Family, and his Country . He loved the Lord & his people .
June 6, 2019
I did not know Colonel Miller, however I thank God for his long life and for his service to our great nation.