Howard Miller, 78, of Ohio, Ill., died Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Liberty Village, in Princeton. A visitation was from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, in Princeton. Graveside services were private. Memorials may be directed to Lewy Body Dementia Research at Mayo Clinic.

Howard Miller, 78, of Ohio, Ill., died Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Liberty Village, in Princeton. A visitation was from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, in Princeton. Graveside services were private. Memorials may be directed to Lewy Body Dementia Research at Mayo Clinic.

He was born Sept. 7, 1939, in Geneseo, the son of Vernon and Roberta (Withrow) Miller. He was a 1957 graduate of Geneseo High School. Howard attended Iowa State University, in Ames, for two years and graduated from the University of Illinois. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho at both universities. On Aug. 10, 1963, he married Janet Monier in Princeton. Howard worked as a John Deere representative, was a John Deere dealer, an A&W owner, a farmer and a flight instructor. He had a passion for flying and obtained his private pilot’s license when he was 18, ultimately achieving his commercial pilot and airport transport pilot rating and was also a member of the Air National Guard.

In addition to flying, he enjoyed motorcycling, sailing, traveling, and restoring MG cars and sailboats. He was a member of the Columbus, WI., Rotary Club and the Bureau County Farm Bureau. In 1963, Howard was initiated into Stewart Lodge No. 92, in Geneseo, the same lodge as his father and maternal grandfather and was a 50-plus year member. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley, of Moline.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, of Ohio, Ill.; a daughter, Deborah (Paul) Dittmann, of London, England; a son, David Miller, of Ohio, Ill.; a sister, Paula (Jim) Mallory, of Lexington, Ky.; and two nephews, Brian Mallory, of Lexington, Ky.; and Scott (Robin) Mallory, of Peach Tree City, Ga.; and their son, Robert James. He was preceded in death by his parents.