Wheeler Miller, 97 – 105.7 News Crossville Rockwood Byrdstown TN

Wheeler Miller died on January 9, 2022 at the age of 97. He was born in Grandview,
Tennessee to Columbus W. Miller and Barbara Ann James Miller.
Wheeler was proud to serve his country during World War II, enlisting in the Marines in September 1943. He
served in the South Pacific in 3 invasions, his ship was hit by kamikaze aircraft and his troops entered
Nagasaki just weeks after the bombing. Wheeler received 2 purple hearts for injuries sustained along
with Bronze Star, Gold Star, Commendation Medal and Victory Medal.
After the war Wheeler headed to Michigan where he remained for nearly 45 years with a few courts
stays in Tennessee. He married Ruth Smith in 1953 and fathered five wonderful children. Wheeler
became the owner of a commercial garage door business and operated it for over 30
year. He always made time to vacation in Tennessee, spending two weeks each summer in Watts
Lake Bar. Wheeler and his family fished, and he pulled his kids on endless water skis! the
best time of her life was raising her children.
Upon retirement, he returned to his beloved, Tennessee. During this time, he liked to swap cars,
loved his animals – especially his dogs and his horse Susie, buying bulldozers, clearing the land on his
clean, yes even at 92! He spent much of his time in Grandview until he met his next love,
Alice Masters and remarried at the age of 80. Wheeler and Alice had a special relationship. They
traveled often between Tennessee and Michigan, played bingo, ate at Cracker Barrel most days
and enjoyed friends and family.
Wheeler spent the last 2 1/2 years of her life in Michigan with her daughter, Susan. He liked
see the family, have their dogs nearby, a good game of chess and always eat well!
Wheeler was a kind, generous, and loyal man with a great sense of humor. He was the kind of man who was
easy to get to know and love quickly. He liked to share his life stories, and he had plenty of them. We’re going
misses him and all his beautiful stories and laughter.
Wheeler is survived by his five children, Raymond (Renee), Susan, Randall, Robert and Jennifer, 5
grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his ex-wife Ruth and countless
amazing nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents and nine siblings – Robert, Earl, George, Orion, Jewell, Eugene,
Willard, Wesley, and Winnie and his wife, Alice.
Services will be held at Hood Funeral Home in Crossville, TN on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Visitation is
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST, Funeral service at 11:00 a.m.
Interment at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Grandview TN. Lunch at the church.


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