MACOMB — Jeffrey A. Miller, 39, of Macomb died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Jeffrey was born Oct. 10, 1972, the son of Joan R. Miller of Rantoul and James H. Miller of Princeton. He married Jasa Warren in 2008. He and Jasa lived with their dogs, Jake and Maggie, and cats, Charlie and Lucy.
After graduating from Rantoul High School in 1990, Jeff trained at Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Providence, R.I. He also received a bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration from Northern Illinois University in 2003. His most memorable job was catering for artists and V.I.P.s on The Rio Grande Ski Train in Denver, Colo.
Jeff loved going to concerts, especially the Grateful Dead and Widespread Panic. He also loved cinema, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls, animals and gardening. He was an avid fisherman, an amateur nature photographer and enjoyed camping. He was a kind and generous soul to many and had a great laugh. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family.
Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Jasa; his mother, Joan Miller; his father and stepmother, Jim and Cheryl Miller; his brother, Chris (Deborah) Miller of Champaign; his sister, Laura (Noel) Goodrow of Rothbury, Mich., and sister Suzanne (Matthew) Savard of Mt. Prospect; and eight nieces and nephews, Zoe, 17, of Michigan, Callie, 15, of Champaign, Zackary, 12, of Michigan, Adele, 8, of Champaign, William, 8, of Mt. Prospect, Spencer, 6, of Mt. Prospect, Marjorie, 3, of Mt Prospect and Jasa’s niece, Vanessa. His nieces and nephews loved him and remember how he showered them with bubblegum and candy.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Marjorie and Herman Reis; his paternal grandparents, Irene and George Miller; and many pets he loved.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Dodworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, Macomb, with the Rev. Clayton Hentzel officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be offered online at: www.dodsworthfh.com.