Gerald (Jerry) A. Miller

Gerald (Jerry) Alvin Miller 73, of Black River Falls, (Beaver Dam /Fox Lake), passed away peacefully on February 4, 2023.
There will be no Visitation of Funeral for Jerry based on his wishes. Therefore, the family will be having a celebration of life on a later date to be announced. Family an friends please email [email protected] with an email or phone number to call or send future information if wish to attend.
Jerry was born the son of Roland and Maralyn (Krahn) Miller on August 6, 1949. On August 7, 1974 he was united in marriage to Donna Rose Schwanke, his wife of over 48 years. He began his career at MEC in Mayville an lived on Fox Lake for many years. He an his wife an daughter (Tara) moved to the opposite side of the lake to start a new adventure, owning an operating Miller’s Resort on Chief Kuno Trail. Jerry loved the people he met while behind the bar, selling bait, plowing driveways, an taking folks pontoons in an out of the lake over the years. As most know, he was a man of many talents an of few words. Grumpy “Jer” was hard to read, but would give his shirt off his back to help anyone.
Jerry loved to hunt, fish, an ride his motorcycles. After the sale of the Resort he an his wife moved to Montello, WI an then later built their forever home back in the woods in Black River Falls, WI. Jerry had many jobs throughout his life: MEC in Mayville, Hooper, Wright an Asplundh cutting trees an owner operator of Miller’s Resort. He eventually accepted a position with the State Of WI, teaching inmates metal furniture at Waupun Correctional an then transferred to New Lisbon an Jackson Correctional where he eventually retired.
Jerry and Donna enjoyed camping, riding motorcycles, Lake Michigan fishing with great friends the “Sunderlands” an family. Later in life he enjoyed hunting an riding wheelers with friends an family up in Black River Falls. Many know getting Jerry to leave his Black River sanctuary was often like pulling teeth but he’d always be willing to help friends an family trim trees and make firewood. His daughter Tara would have him in Montello once an awhile to put up trim, an woodworking projects that they enjoyed doung together. Jerry was also blessed with an amazing group of friends over the years to share in hunting, riding motorcycles an wheelers, cutting wood an just shooting the breeze with while enjoying a cocktail.
His wife an daughter would like to thank his special friends for being such a big part of Jerry and their lives over the years, Vic Sr. (Kathy) Sunderland the children an grandchildren, Ellen Sunderland, Jeff Lauterbach and Lyle (Donna) Lepinski. Please know there are so many others who made Jerry’s life memorable that all are not mentioned. The family cherish’s all that have reached out in his passing.

He is survived by his wife Donna of Black River Falls, WI an daughter Tara Miller of Montello, WI. Tim (Yvonne) Bath of Fox Lake, Laurie (Dennis) Zemp of Marquette, WI an Andy (Barb) Bath of Cambria. Along with his Aunt Lucille Burbach of Beaver Dam. Jerry is further survived by beloved nieces, nephews, and other cherished relatives and friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Delores an Edward (husband) Buss an great friends Steve (Chili) Sunderland an Judy Lauterbach, Arnold (Choke) Grams, any many other cherished friends over the years.