A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Scott Jablonski officiating. Relatives and friends may gather at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Hafemeister Funeral Home. Burial will be in the St. Bernard’s Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials would be appreciated to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church or Rainbow Hospice.
Gordon Simon Miller was born on November 12, 1944 in Watertown, son of Herbert “Mickey” and Florence (Nees) Miller. He was a graduate of Watertown High School, and later earned a degree in Radio Broadcasting. He married Joan Pouliot on November 21, 1970 in Milwaukee.
Gordon worked for Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Watertown with the Physical Therapy Department, and also for Watertown Metals retiring in 2010, after 40 years of service. He was a lifelong member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Watertown.
Gordon and Reverend Alan Kromholtz created and organized the Youth Coffee House Movement of Watertown in the mid-1960’s, which was located above Fischer’s Department Store. It provided a forum for High School students to discuss special issues of the day and also become involved in student activism. He was a writer, philosopher, and theologian at heart. Throughout most of his life he wrote poetry and short stories. During retirement, he finished his life’s work when he published his book in 2014 entitled “Gregorian Snowmen”. This published book is a collection of prose poetry.
He is survived by his wife Joan Miller of Watertown; daughters Jennifer (Richard “Poncho”) Treder of Princeton, WI; Rebecca (Wade Geist) Miller of Somerset, WI. He is also survived by grandchildren, Noah, Madeline, Hailey and Nicholas Treder. He is further survived by brothers Jim (Mary) of North Carolina; Dennis (Barb) of Fort Atkinson; Andy (Lisa) of Watertown, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gordon was preceded in death by his Parents; a son Peter Miller in infancy; brothers Jack Miller; Ronald Miller; two nieces Shannon and Naomi; one nephew Levi.
The Family would like to thank Rainbow Hospice for their compassion and fantastic care provided to Gordon during his last days.