In loving memory of

Otis C. Miller
November 12, 1923 - October 7, 2021

Otis Miller, age 97, of Quincy, died on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 11:57 pm in his home.

Otis was born November 12, 1923 in Burton, Illinois, the son of Harlow and Dora Blivens Miller. He married Ethel A. Loos on November 27, 1943 in Bluff Hall Congregational Church in Fall Creek, Illinois. She preceded him in death on October 11, 2001.

Otis was employed at Gardner Denver before and during World War II, where he made specialized brass parts for submarines. He had a long career in commercial feed sales, working for Moorman Manufacturing, running an independent operation and Mill in Mendon, and finally spent many years with Ralston-Purina, retiring as a sales manager. Otis was a member of Herman Masonic Lodge #39 A.F. & A.M. and Quincy Consistory.

Otis was an accomplished bowler in his younger years, and became interested in golf when he was in his 50's and continued to be an avid golfer. Otis was a family man and many of his activities and interests revolved around things he did with his family like playing cards and barbecuing for family gatherings.

Survivors include two children, Terry Miller of Quincy, and Karen (Mark) Guymon of Champaign, IL; seven grandchildren, Melissa (Brian) Cooley, Travis (Jenna) Miller, Michael (Ashley) Miller, Anthony (Kayla) Miller, Kara (Brian) Gehrt, Kraig (Jennifer)Wittler, and Stephanie (Orlando) Ontiverus; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Janet Ehrhardt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Ethel, Otis was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Hammer, his parents, a sister, and seven brothers.

Private interment will be held at Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army Hometown Endowment or the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Memorial Donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.


Donna Eftink Schutte wrote on Oct 11, 2021:

"So sorry to hear about Uncle Otis. The last time we saw him was at Aunt Arlene?s Memorial. He looked really good. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers."