Donald B. Miller
00.25 Rd., (Garden Corners)
Cooks, Mich., died Thursday, May
10, 2012, at Christian Park Health
Care Center in Escanaba, Mich.
He was born Feb. 24, 1935, in Cooks, the son of Joseph and Henrietta (Cadreau) Miller. Don attended school in Cooks and later moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where he met and married Ruth I. Beckman on Sept. 10, 1960.
Don was employed for many years as a union carpenter/millwright and laborer in Milwaukee and Racine, Wis., before returning to Cooks in 1976, when he and his wife purchased the Garden Bay Motel at Garden Corners. Don continued to work in the carpenter/millwright union trade locally. He also owned and operated Lance Construction Co. for years before ending his career as an independent truck operator. He and his wife owned and operated the motel until 2005 when the business was sold and they retired.
Don was a member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He enjoyed attending tribal elder luncheons and events, visiting casinos and playing poker. In his earlier years, he was an avid pool and dart ball player. He also enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and slow pitch softball.
Don is survived by his wife, Ruth of Garden Corners; his children, Scott (Melanie) Verbrugge of Grosse Pointe, Mich., Sherry (Bryan Landis) Boudreau of Cooks, Renea (Rich) Ranguette of Janesville, Wis., Brian (LuAnn) Miller of Cheboygan, Mich., and Melanie (Brady) Brock of Thompson, Mich.; grandchildren, Paige Verbrugge, Jennifer Ansell, Michael, Dustin and Trevor Lovell, Christopher, Krystal and Hillary Miller, Alesha and Nicole Brock; great-grandchildren: Jaelyn and Aleyah Pierce; sister Audrey Keller of Port Washington, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Martha Miller of Cooks, and Elaine Miller of Hedgesville, W.V.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Viola Neadow and Margaret Cantrall; his brothers, Edward Miller, Louis Miller, Arthur Miller, Alvin Miller, and George Miller.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at New Garden Cemetery in Garden Township with Gordon Fox officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Cooks Congregational Church.
Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.