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10/27/2012 7:30:00 AM
Peter C. Miller Sr.

Peter C. Miller Sr., age 88, of Rhinelander, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Peter was born in Spirit Falls, on Jan. 28, 1924, to Jacob and Adel (Dickey) Miller. The family moved to Rhinelander when Peter was three years old. He attended grade school and high school in Rhinelander. Pete served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy, where he was stationed on a ship and placed in charge of the gunnery.

He was united in marriage on Oct. 11, 1945, in Rhinelander, with the former Eleanor Maxine Newman. She passed away on Sept. 18, 1998. He later was united in marriage with the former Gertrude Blaszke, on June 26, 2003, at Grace Foursquare Church. Pete was employed for over 40 years at the Rhinelander Paper Mill as a machinist. He was also the union president for two years. Pete also served in the National Guard for 25 years. He was a member of Grace Foursquare Church and the Ray Rousseau VFW Post #3143, and was also a member of the American Legion. Pete enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing cribbage, chicken foot and bingo.

Peter, along with his brothers, raced stock cars for 15 years in Rhinelander and the Rhinelander area.

Surviving is his loving wife, Gertrude; children, Pete (Susan) Miller Jr. of Harshaw, Cathy (Jim) Wiltse of Diamond City, Ariz., Karen (Tom) Kutz of Rhinelander, Chuck (Becky) Miller of Rhinelander, and Rich (Barb) Miller of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepchildren, Gloria Miller of Rhinelander, Diane (Tom) Leverance of Tomahawk, John Blaszke of Tomahawk, Heidi Blaszke of Green Bay, and Patti Blaszke of Green Bay. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, 15 step-great-grandchildren, and two great-great-granddaughters. Pete is further survived by one step-brother, John Bliss of Arizona and by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Eleanor Miller; 12 siblings; one daughter: Beth Miller, one step-daughter, Lori Lee Blaszke; and by one stepson, Theodore L. Blaszke.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. from Grace Foursquare Church, with Pastor Bob Messerli officiating. Visitation will be held Monday morning at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment with full military honors will be held on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Northland Memorial Park. Hildebrand-Russ Funeral Home, (715) 365-4343, is assisting the family with arrangements. All are invited to light a candle and leave an online condolence at

Gertrude and family would like to thank those who offered assistance to Pete. Your care and concern were much appreciated.

Related Links:
• Hildebrand-Russ Funeral Home

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Article comment by: John & Karen Bliss

We were so sorry to hear about Pete's passing. He was a great guy and I am proud that he was my step brother. I've been remembering all the good times with him. Stock car races when he was #27 and brother Joe was #37 setting the standard for it. All the good times we had playing cards around the kitchen table. Seeing him at wedding dances and just mostly that easy laugh he had and how much fun he was to be around. He was one in a million. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all as you face this difficult time. We are sad, but the Angels will be singing. John & Karen Bliss

Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Article comment by: Lynn (Tuchalski) & Herman Kielhold

We all loved Pete so much!!! Whenever I saw him at bingo, we would talk about all of the times he and my dad fished together. He has left us with so many wonderful memories. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time. We are in Florida, but would surely be at the service. He was one of my favorite people!!! God be with all of you!

Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Article comment by: Daniel & Elvira Stevens

Peter was a longtime friend since our youthful days at Rhinelander High School. We extend our deepest sympathies to all members of his family.
May God Bless You All.

Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Article comment by: Don Bettiga

To the Miller family: Sorry to hear of the loss of one of your family members. May Peter rest in peace.

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