Obituary: James Miller, 74, Ludington — former city manager.

May 29, 2019

James Miller

Obituary: James Miller, 74, Ludington — former city manager.

James Harold Miller, age, 74 of Ludington passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.  

Jim was born on August 2, 1944 in Ludington the son of Raymond John Miller and Kathryn Louise Pehrson.   He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in Alaska and at Fort Knox, Kentucky reaching the rank of sergeant.  

In the 1970s through 1990s he was very active in coaching baseball and basketball for his sons’ teams from elementary school through junior high.  In 1966, he began his career at the City of Ludington. In those early years he also founded a successful business, Miller Installations. Jim juggled the responsibilities of a career, business and family rising through the ranks until in 1988 he was selected city manager where he held that position for nearly 15 years.  His time as city manager oversaw significant positive changes in Ludington highlighted by the creation of much of the public and private marina areas that are now enjoyed by residents and visitors. Jim also has the distinction to have served as the village manager of Pentwater.

Jim is survived by his three sons, Richard “Rick” Miller of Howell, Todd (Shannon) Miller of Ludington, Mark (Barbara) Miller of East Amherst, NY; and their mother, Mary Jo Miller of Ludington.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren; two sisters, Sue Stapleton of Grand Rapids and Carol Johnson of Ludington; and his good friend, Bob Manglitz.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, with visitation starting at 2 p.m.  

Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.OakGroveLudington.com.

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