Nick Miller

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Nick Miller (Nicholas Joseph Miller), 102, passed away peacefully at Wynscape Rehabilitation Center (Wheaton, IL) on March 5. Nick, born February 3, 1911 in Waunakee, WI was the son of Nicholas and Margaret Miller (Brausen). Nick graduated Waunakee High School and soon began working in the Civilian Conservation Corps part of FDRʼs program to get the country moving again. The CCC gave birth to Conservation Departments across the United States. As a 40+ year employee of the Wisconsin Conservation Department, now Department of Natural Resources, Nick wore many hats - game warden, manager of fish crews seining rough fish and planting game fish in the stateʼs streams and lakes, and finally Southern Area Fish Manager at Nevin Hatchery.

Nickʼs wife of 74 years, Sue (Voelcker) preceded him in death December 19, 2011.

Nick was an avid fisherman and hunter. He particularly loved ice fishing on Lake Mendota and continued this sport well into his nineties. Nick always had a vegetable garden and enjoyed trying different methods to produce the best red peppers, tomatoes, and even leeks. He shared perch and peppers with friends and neighbors who often had something of their own to share. He maintained a keen interest in the environment, global issues, and politics and always enjoyed a good conversation. In his later years, he enjoyed talking with children in the neighborhood, showing them his beloved dog Ginger or discussing one of the childrenʼs projects or initiatives.

Nick is survived by his children John Nicholas Miller (Linda) of Monroe (MI) and Mary Sue Brown of Glen Ellyn (IL). Another daughter Jane Humilier (Gerard) died in 2009; grandchildren Patrick Nelson Ross (Julie), Susannah Catherine Ross (Peter), Julie Miller, Michel Humilier (Valerie), and Nicholas Humilier; step grandchildren Betsy Miller, Susie Raphael, Chuck Varsogea, Jennifer Steele, and Curtis Varsogea; great grand children Sam Ross, Anna Ross, Lauren Collier, Ethan Collier, and Julia Humilier.

A celebration of Nickʼs life will be held in Middleton this June. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ASPCA.

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