Obituary: Marti Miller, 65, of Ludington

February 4, 2023

Marti Miller

Obituary: Marti Miller, 65, of Ludington

Marti James Miller, 65, of Ludington, formerly of Coudersport, Penn., passed away suddenly on Thursday February 2, 2023, with his wife and daughter by his side in Spooner, Wis. Marti was born on October 7, 1957, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Dell (Okonski) Miller. He was a 1976 graduate of Coudersport High School. After high school, Marti attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning his bachelor of science degree in physical therapy, and attended Central Michigan University, earning his master’s degree in health administration. On October 16, 1982, in Muskegon, Marti married the love of his life, Dianne (Owens) Miller. They spent 40 blissful years together until his passing. 

Marti had many jobs over the years, including at Bay Medical Center in Bay City, Pawating Hospital in Niles and Mercy Hospital in Muskegon. However, he retired in 2021, after working 35 years as a physical therapist and director of rehab services at Memorial Medical Center/Spectrum Health Ludington. 

He served on the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Reserves for 25 years and was a member of the Ludington Yacht Club. Marti was a faithful and devoted member of St. Simon Catholic Church. At St. Simon he served on the finance council and the Ludington Area Catholic School board and was an active member of a Bible study with his close friends. Marti had a passion for sailing, woodworking, reading, and being outdoors. Over the last two years he traveled the US in his new travel trailer with his beloved wife, Dianne. The light of his life was his family, children, and grandchildren. Their everlasting memory of Marti will be of him playing on the ground with his grandchildren, he was incredibly proud and never happier. 

Marti is survived by his wife, Dianne (Owens) Miller; son, Christoph (Laura) Miller of Chicago, and Scott Miller of Portland, Ore.; daughter, Bree (Sam) Larson of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Raegan, Christian, and Baby Miller on the way; mother-in-law, Marilyn Owens; brothers, Michael (Marcia) Miller, Mark (Connie) Miller, and Matthew (Pam) Miller; sister, Lisa (Matthew) Hayes; In-laws, Shelley (Randy) Purucker, Doug (Candy) Owens, Rhonda Owens, and Dan Owens; and many nieces and nephews. 

Marti was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Dell (Okonski) Miller; and father-in-law, Chauncy A. Owens. 

Memorial contributions in Marti’s honor can be made to the Ludington Area Catholic School Foundation. Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington. Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at noon at St. Simon Catholic Church, with Rev. Daniel DePew presiding. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. at church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.oakgroveludington.com. 

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