Laverne F. Miller, Waupaca, Wisconsin, age 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep at 3:00 a.m on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, WI.
He was born May 26, 1928 in the Town of Lind, Waupaca Co., WI, son of Frank and Rosa (Thomack) Miller. From 1944 – 1946, he sailed in the Merchant Marine as a water tender, fireman and oiler. Laverne spent eleven months in Korea with the 345th Army Ordnance 24th Corps and held the rank of T/5. He then spent the next 16 months in Sapporo, Japan with the Division HQ Co. of the 11th Airborne Division. His last four months in the service were spent with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he was honorably discharged in June 1949. Laverne then came down with Nephritis and was confined to the Woods VA Hospital in Milwaukee where he completed his GED. He credited Rosemary Schwinn and the Milwaukee School District for helping him finish his schooling. On September 9, 1950, Laverne married Lucy Harris in Milwaukee, WI. From 1953 – 1957, he spent four years in the Air Force Reserves, where he enjoyed jumping and flying.
Following his military time, Laverne’s main civilian occupation was an offset plate maker in the Lithography Department. He joined the union and was a lithographer from 1953 until his retirement in 1987. From 1970 to 1991, Laverne lived in California, and then moved back to Wisconsin in 1991. Laverne enjoyed farming, sailing, motorcycling, flying and traveling. He was a member of VFW Post #1037 of Waupaca and was a founding member of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Waupaca. Laverne loved his pastor, his pastor’s family and his church family. He will be deeply missed by all of his loving family and friends.
Laverne is survived by: wife, Lucy Miller of Waupaca, WI; son, David Miller of Waupaca, WI; and granddaughter, Jennifer Miller of Waupaca, WI. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Rosa Miller; three brothers, Adolph, Melvin, and David Miller; and one sister, Irene Leisner. Per Laverne’s request, there will be no services. Burial will be at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King, WI. The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.