Date of Birth

November 16, 1935

Date of Death

October 11, 2021

Dan Miller, age 85, of St. Charles, IL, passed away from the love and prayers of his family and into the arms of his Savior, Monday, October 11, 2021.

He was born on November 16, 1935, in Aurora, IL, to proud and loving parents, Oliver and Frances (Anderson) Miller.

Dan grew up in Batavia, IL, and attended local schools. He graduated from Batavia High School with the class of 1953. Before receiving his diploma, Dan “Bones” Miller made a name for himself on the hardwood, gridiron and took his turn on the stage in the theater department. It was after graduation that he began working as a cabinet maker and found he had a passion for woodworking. He put aside his tools for his country when he enlisted in the United States Army in June of 1957. After his honorable discharge on June 16, 1959, he returned to civilian life and his fiancée.

Dan introduced himself to Joan Streit who was working at the gift table at her sister’s wedding. Soon they gave each other the gift of their hearts and walked down the aisle. They were united in marriage in 1959. They began their new life together in Wheaton, IL, but spent most of their married lives in West Chicago. Their family grew by three daughters, Dani-Jo, Christine and Jennifer, made the family complete.

Upon his return from the service, Dan began working for Illinois Bell in 1958. It would be decades before he retired as a manager in the telecommunication construction giant. He left “Ma Bell” for the greener pastures of retirement in 1991.

Dan spent his life honing his work ethic in the great outdoors and continued to do so in retirement. The family’s lake house in Wisconsin was a constant destination that always had a project to start of finish. In his younger years, golf and bowling replaced the sports of his youth. Trophies were won and stories abound describing his exploits on the greens and in the alleys. He enjoyed his “coffee clutch” with other retired gentlemen who solved the world’s problems one cup at a time. He was an avid reader, devouring political texts and medical journals but it paled in comparison to the passion in which he planted countless trees, did various yard work and his constant tinkering which kept his hands busy from sunup to sundown. Later he followed his grandchildren’s accomplishments with a pride that shone bright to anyone who asked about them. His sense of humor brought life to every party. He made sure there was a smile on every face and laughter floating in the air. A jack of all trades, Dan eventually had to put down his tools for the last time and took up a new vocation, that of an angel looking over and loving his family from Heaven.

He is survived by his three daughters: Dani-Jo (Gregory) Galauner, Christine (Michael) Weibler, and Jennifer (James) Weibler; Nine grandchildren: Jacob (Andrea) Galauner, Gabrielle Galauner, Julieanne Galauner, Jessica Weibler, Nicholas Weibler, Daniel Weibler, Samuel Weibler, Emma Weibler and Eli Weibler; two sisters; two sisters-in-law: Patricia Dettman and Joy Filip; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.

He is preceded by his loving wife Joan and his parents, Oliver and Frances Miller.

Private family services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org Tributes may also be forwarded to the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.

Private family services have already been held.