Russell Miller, 94

WWII submariner, handyman

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Russell A. Miller, 94, of Northlake, died on Oct. 5, 2017. Born in Oak Park on May 26, 1923 to Herman F. and Clara M. Miller, he and his brother, Herb, attended St. Lucy School in Chicago and Oak Park and River Forest High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a submariner and married his childhood sweetheart, Lorraine Wadham. 

After his military service, the couple lived in Chicago and Elmwood Park, then moved to Oak Park, where they remained for 56 years. He worked many jobs, including 33 years at International Harvester in Melrose Park. He was widely known as an avid collector and recycler of other peoples' treasures and an all-around handyman.

After his wife's death in 2011, he moved to the Casa San Carlo Retirement Community in Northlake where he made many new friends. 

Russell Miller is survived by his children, Kathryn Jackson, Patricia (Michael) Davies, Michael (Robin) Miller, Patrick (Muriel) Turley, Jeanne O'Laughlin, Diane (William) McCracken, Louise (Robert) Buford and Paul (Debbie) Miller; his daughter-in-law, Ann Miller; and his 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine; his son, Andrew; and his sons-in-law, Robert Jackson and Raymond McGraw. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. until time of Mass, 10 a.m., in the Chapel of Villa Scalabrini, 480 N. Wolf Rd. in Northlake, followed by private interment at Irving Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to P.A.W.S. Chicago, www.pawschicago.org. 

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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