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William "Bill" L. Miller, Jr.

January 21, 1952 ~ November 20, 2018 (age 66)
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MADISON - William (Bill) L. Miller, Jr. passed away unexpectedly on November 20th at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Bill was born in Riverside, IL on January 21st, 1952, the son of William L. Miller, Sr. and Rose Dorothy (Kuzelka) Miller. He graduated from the University of Illinois before moving to Madison where he received his degree in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. Bill and Kate McWhirter were married on June 6th, 1986. Bill worked for GlaxoSmithKline for many years before he joined Navitus Health Solutions, where Bill helped the lives of many and found work he was truly passionate about.

Above all else, Bill loved his family and spent countless hours attending his three children’s extracurricular events, helping his beloved wife Kate perfect her garden, and talking endlessly about his adoration for his grandchildren. Bill also loved helping people. He saw the good in others and always offered a helping hand to those in need. Bill touched the lives of many in his community through volunteering.

An avid skier, Bill loved the mountains. He spent time in the ski patrol in his twenties, taught his children to ski as soon as they could walk, and dreamt of ski season all year round. Bill knew the weather of his favorite ski resorts at any given moment and would alert his family immediately upon first snowfall. Bill was also passionate about cycling, riding his bike for pleasure, and frequently cycling to work 20 miles round trip regardless of weather or season.  He loved music and played old-time square dance music with friends for over forty years.

Bill is survived by his dear wife Kate; his children Eli (Kelly) Miller, Maggie (Marc) Weimer, and Paul Miller; three grandchildren Olivia, Emma, and Henry Miller; his sister Sue Miller; his stepmother Alison Hubbard; and two nieces Laurie (Jon) Westhoff and Lissy (Jeff) Duncan. He was preceded in death by his father Bill Miller Sr., his mother Rose Miller, his brother Mike Miller, and his nephew Matt Harrison.

A celebration of Bill’s life is planned for a date to be determined in January 2019. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Goodman Community Center ( or the River Food Pantry (, two organizations that were near to Bill’s heart.

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