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In Memory of Samuel Miller

Gathering of Family and Friends

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday March 8, 2020
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Prayer Service

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sunday March 8, 2020
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Samuel “Sam” Miller age 84 of Spooner, formerly of Hudson, died as a result of a house fire at his residence on February 24, 2020. Sam was born the second youngest of eight children, on July 11, 1935 to Ray and Jean (Beggs) Miller in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Sam worked hard his entire life, starting in high school at the Bertlesen Drug Store’s soda fountain counter.  He was a noted homebuilder in the Hudson area (Sam Miller Construction) and provided a new home to many residents over the years. Sam hired many workers in the Hudson area while he was building houses, every one of them sure to have a story or two about Sam.

He had a gruff exterior but a very warm heart–for many years he anonymously delivered hams and food baskets to needy Hudson residents at Christmas.

He loved entertaining family, friends and his crew at Christmas and 4th of July family reunions. He enjoyed gambling at Las Vegas casinos as well as some Wisconsin casinos with family and friends. Sam was quite a historian of the Hudson area and shared many stories of Hudson’s past with special emphasis on some of Hudson’s “characters”, knowing himself he was one of them! Over the years he had a special interest in antiques of all sorts from cars to clocks. Furthermore, he was a dog lover and always had his dog with him. Sam retired to the Spooner, Wisconsin area.

Survived by sister, Mary (John Cameron) of Des Moines, Iowa and brother, Raymond of Palm Springs, Ca. and many nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by brothers Robert, John, William and sisters Catherine (Ray Emmons) and Margaret.

A gathering of family and friends for Sam Miller will be held on Sunday, March 8th from 1pm to 3pm, with a prayer service to conclude the gathering at 3pm, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. Memorials are preferred. A celebration of Sam’s life will also be held at the Twin Oaks Bar and Restaurant W7650 County Road E in Spooner, Wisconsin on Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m.

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    • Sammy Miller .. where do I begin ?

      I worked for Sam for over a decade in my “younger” years .. starting at the age of 13. My first job was with Sam Miller Construction. I can still see that first paycheck, boy was I proud. Many people don’t know the real Sam Miller .. they knew the guy that would run around with his head chopped off .. hardly ever stopping a second to talk. If he built a house for you .. you most likely took it for granted .. it was a starter home and you were just happy to be in. If you couldn’t afford it .. Sam would do whatever was possible to make sure you could. He would let you insulate, stain woodwork, paint on and on .. whatever it took so that you could afford that home. I saw this first hand day in and day out .. he would do anything for anyone ( even people he knew he shouldn’t).

      When workers needed extra hours to pay the bills .. he would find something for them to do .. even if there wasn’t work to be done just so you could get hours to pay your bills .. if you were short and asked him for help .. he never said a word just said ” how much do you need?” .. just a guy that helped you out. Not smart as a business man – but that wasn’t what it was about to him. It was about family .. his guys were his family.

      It was always Sam’s priority to see that it worked out for buyers. We used to always joke the he would make $5,000 off the land and lose $10,000 on the house just to make it work for someone. Because he did what he had to do and he did what he wanted to do.

      I grew up around Sam .. his work ethic was “instilled” into me at an early age. Watching him work from the crack of dawn until the late hours of the night up at his shop. I lived in the house above him ( him charging only the rent my brother and I could afford ) and would look out the window at 10pm .. he would still be down in his shop working. The guy just did not stop. In his evenings he would go to Menards .. picking up supplies for the next day .. all to save money so that he could build homes that people can afford.

      I had many of conversations with Sam when I was young .. he would stop by the job site .. yell to me ” hey get in my truck .. we are going” .. you ALWAYS did what you were told. I think this was a time for Sam to get to know you … in his own way. He would be a different person than on the job site. He could be having a calm conversation with you .. drive up to the job site .. get out and yell to get people moving .. jump right back in and continue the conversation like nothing happened.

      Sam was definitely a character and I’ve always said I could write a book (or 2) of work experiences that would leave these modern “working” kids in disbelieve… they could never handle it. Sam learned from his father .. his father was the same way I am told .. they both believed in yelling to get people moving .. and let me tell you it worked !! There are many people that can attest to it. But when all was said and done .. the guy had a heart of gold. Hudson is a better community for having Sam .. he built many many homes around the area for families to raise their kids .. he helped “build” the community that we have today.

      I could go on and on … no more rambling.

      Sam – I haven’t seen you in a few years .. after I left to move onto other things we started to lose touch. I would see you in the post office from time to time .. or grocery store .. I would say hi .. you would ” just grunt” hello back. I want to thank you for all that you did for me .. you helped shape me.

      Sam, I am forever grateful for everything you did for me and feel lucky to have known you. May gods light shine down on you .. you have worked many many tireless years .. and now its time to rest.

      Rest in peace my friend.

      Jason Johnson

    • As many of you know, Sam touch a lot of lives in the Hudson community through out his years as a home builder . As a very loyal client to me, he could be the best person to deal with or be the biggest pain on the face of the earth. But when the chips were down or you needed help on anything, he was the first to be at your side. When I opened up my title company in a November of 1985, Sam was there to support me 100 % and he even gave me my first dollar bill that was framed and hung on the wall in the reception area until my retirement in August of 2010. RIP. Sam Thanks for memories