William “Edwin” Miller, 84, of Dixon, died Sunday, January 3, 2021, at his home. Ed and his wife owned and operated the Lincoln Manor, Parkway Drive Inns & Restaurants and Brandywine Inn in Dixon and the surrounding area for 40 years prior to their retirement in 1997. He also owned and operated Parkway Storage Units up until his passing.
Ed was born, January 22, 1936, in Galesburg, IL, the son of Kenneth and Frances (Ryner) Miller. He married Dixie Lee Ryan on, June 20, 1955 in Galesburg, IL. She preceded him in death on April 2, 2003. Ed was a longtime member of the Dixon Elks Lodge #779. He coached girls slo-pitch softball for many years; winning several league championships and a state championship in 1978. In 2004 he received the volunteer of the year award for the Dixon Petunia Festival. Ed enjoyed working, traveling, playing cards and dominoes. He also liked to buy and sell items at auctions and flea markets.
Ed is survived by his four children, DaVonna (David) Trueblood, Ed (Nancy) Miller, Sarah (Leo) Imfeld, Marti (Lee) Eastman all of Dixon, IL; eleven grandchildren, Ryan (Andrea) Miller, Shanda (Kelly) Miller, Ben (Brandy) Imfeld, Stephanie Eastman, Shelsea (Howard) Malone, Ashley (Stan) Stuart, Andy (Amber) Imfeld, Nathan Trueblood, Alicia (Brett) Willey, James (Elaine) Bruns and Sarah Monier; one sister, Marilyn (Ted) Trulock; five brothers, Kenneth Miller, James (Joyce) Miller, Charles (Andrea) Miller, Andrew Miller all of Dixon, Lyle (Ann) Nelson of Alexandria, VA; several nieces and nephews; and beloved dog Trixie.
Ed was preceded in death by infant son William Miller and his parents Kenneth Miller and Frances Nelson.
Private Graveside Service will be on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon, IL, with the Reverend Michael Cole, officiating. Entombment will immediately follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon, IL. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home.
Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.
Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschilling.com