Photo: Orville "Buck" Miller of Coal City / 1939-2019
Orville “Buck” Miller

Age 80 and a lifelong resident of Coal City, passed away peacefully Monday, May 20, 2019 at his home surrounded by family.

Born April 30, 1939 at home in Coal City, Orville Adelbert was the youngest of seven born to Clyde Gibson and Lucille Katherine (Colson) Miller. He was raised in Coal City, and prior to graduation from Coal City High School entered into the United States Navy on July 5, 1956. He served on the USS Ticonderoga and was honorably discharged following his obligation in the Reserves on June 5, 1962.

On September 26, 1959, Buck married Marlene Rogers in New Hope Presbyterian Church, and together they made a home and raised their family in Coal City.

After the service, Buck worked a short time at the paper mill, before gaining employment with Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet. It was here that he began on the burr bench and went on to retire as a foreman in 1995, following 37 years of service. Following his retirement, Buck acquired a position at Cinder Ridge Golf Course, where he enjoyed cutting the greens and golfing.

Growing up, Buck was active in the Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout at the age of 13, and later in life served as a Scout Master. In addition to golfing, Buck also enjoyed woodworking, gardening, spending time in his yard and traveling. There was no greater hobby to Buck than his family, and he cherished family vacations, spending time together, and following his grandchildren in their activities.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene; children: Bill (Marcie) Miller of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pam (Joe) Faletti of Coal City and Amy (Chris) Aichele of Morris; grandchildren: Andrew Miller (fiancé – Lizzie Smith) of California, Tony Miller of Chicago, Matt Miller of Colorado, Danielle (Danny) Cassani and Rachael Faletti (fiancé – Michael Ciccareli), both of Coal City, Ben (Maggie) Aichele of Morris and Jake Aichele of Wilmington; great grandchildren: Emma Aichele, Darien Rath, Keegan Clampit and Jadyn Cassani; one sister, Lorraine “Jane” (Dale) Larson of Coal City; one sister-in-law, Barbara (Richard) Irvin of Pontiac, and several nieces and nephews, as well as numerous cousins and friends.

Buck was preceded in death by his parents, and five siblings: Lola (Bill) Wilson, Gibson C. Miller, Elsie (Clyde) Thorsen, Hank (Julie) Miller and Clyde (Marilee) Miller.

The family will receive friends for a visitation at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 N. Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City on Thursday, May 23, 2019 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Buck will then lie in state Friday morning, May 24, 2019 at the Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 East McArdle Road in Coal City from 9:00 a.m. until the time of funeral service 10:00 a.m. Reverend Brad Shumaker will officiate, and burial will follow in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Andrew Miller, Tony Miller, Matt Miller, Ben Aichele, Jake Aichele and Michael Ciccareli. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Sam Gervase, Bill Wilson and Jim Wilson.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Buck’s memory to Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Waterstone Circle, Joliet, Illinois 60431, Coal City United Methodist Church Building Fund, 6805 E. McArdle Road, Coal City, IL 60416 or to LBDA (Lewy Body Dementia Association) 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047

Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Buck’s memorial page online by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com/notices/OrvilleBuck-Miller

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)