Homer Miller was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on January 17, 1938, to Alice Margaret Beaty and Jesse William "Bing" Miller. He grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas. Sports, especially baseball, was a huge part of his life. After graduating from Wichita Falls High School, Homer attended Midwestern for one year then transferred to the University of Texas in Austin where he earned a degree in Math. He spent time in the army before returning to UT for actuarial school. It was during this time he met June Freeman whom he married in June 1962. Upon graduation they moved to Dallas and then to Mesquite, where they had their children, Deedee and Mark. They settled down in Sunnyvale in 1973.
Homer began his career as an actuary at Southland Life in downtown Dallas. He made many lifetime friends at Southland before he left and started two of his own companies. One was an Actuarial Consulting firm named Life Insurances Services, and the other was Great Midwest Life, a small life insurance company. Although much of his time was spent working, he also made time for his family playing catch with the baseball or football and attending Texas Rangers games. When his children were young he began a weekly ritual he named "Dad's Night Out" so Mark and Deedee could each have time alone with him.
Homer loved coaching baseball for the teams where Mark played. He was an assistant coach for many seasons and the manager for one. He was a huge Texas Longhorn football fan and for many years he only missed a handful of games. He was proud when his granddaughter, Sierra, chose to attend school at UT. Education was important to him, and wherever his daughter, son, or granddaughters chose to go, he became a fan (as long as they didn't play Texas in sports!) He also enjoyed collecting coins and attending Lake Ridge Bible Church.
His last four years were spent living with his daughter in Rowlett, Texas. He was lovingly cared for by Angie Wiser, who quickly became a member of the family. Living with his daughter also meant living with a number of dogs who were being fostered and place for adoption. He learned to be a good sport and eventually came to enjoy most of them.
Homer was preceded in death by his parents, brother David Miller, Aunt Junie and Uncle Al. He is survived by his daughter, Deedee Miller; son, Mark Miller and his wife, Theresa; granddaughters Brienna Ross (Harrison); Traci Cooper (Cameron Cates); Keri Cooper; Sierra Miller, Sophia Miller and grandson Stoney Miller; brothers Buddy Miller, Bingo Miller, Butch Hightower and Buster Ward; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Homer was the best dad and grandpa anyone could have. He loved them all big, and they all love him still. He was compassionate, gentle and always understanding. Our hearts are broken but we are happy that he is back with Heavenly Father and that he will suffer no more. He will be greatly missed every single day.
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