Reuben Paul Miller, racing pioneer and beloved father, grandfather, uncle and friend, died serenely and swiftly on March 16, 2018, after battling cancer.

Reuben was a man of tremendous kindness and compassion. During his final years, he was perhaps less active, but had as much gentleness and consideration as ever. He reveled in attending as many of his grandchildren’s sporting, musical and family activities that time and health would allow.

A championship winning driver and team owner of modified stock cars dating back to the forties, Reuben had produced many wonderful memories for people through providing them with the thrills and danger of automobile racing.

Reuben brought innovation and technical creativity from his hometown of the rural Batavia and through his giving spirit enriched the lives of countless friends, neighbors and family members.

Reuben, a 4th generation German/ Austrian American, was born February 23, 1929 on the family dairy farm in in rural Sheboygan County. The middle of three children, Reuben enjoyed his teenage years of the WWII era by working on the family farm and for other local businesses, attending movies, socials and visits to the great landmarks of the city of Milwaukee with his brother in law.

After losing several friends and acquaintances to the war, Reuben, who had longed for a chance to enter service for the U.S. Army Air Corps as a flight officer, watched the war end and the U.S. Military disband when he was 16. Reuben graduated from Plymouth High School in 1947 and became a dashing young local race driver with the nickname of “Killer” Miller.

In the spring of 1950, a beautiful 20-year-old dance instructor for the famous Arthur Murray School of Dance in Milwaukee, made a trip to Sheboygan County with friends of race car owner Willard Krause that would change his life forever. At the cottage of Mel and Marge Neumann on Random Lake, he was introduced to the stunning Dolores “Dolly” Domolewski. Reuben and Dolores spent that summer enjoying each other’ company with Dolores attending many of the stock car races in places like Cedarburg, Slinger, Plymouth, Milwaukee State Fair Park and the legendary Hales Corners Speedway with her new beau taking home many victories against some of the legendary drivers of that era.

Many times Reuben would take her home in his new 1950 Studebaker after going out for a hamburger after the races. After a whirlwind romance, Reuben and Dolores were wed on October 28, 1950 in the old Evangelical United Brethren Church in Batavia, WI, which was the Miller family church.

Dolores became “Daisy” after Reuben’s nieces and nephews learned about her professional name Dolores Day and the lovely nickname stuck.

Three children followed in quick succession, Denise Ann, Raymond Walter Allen and Brian Dale, and the family initially established themselves on the Miller family farm while plans were made to move a house up from Milwaukee onto adjacent land. After moving onto their new property, Reuben and Daisy started their new life in Sheboygan County with her as a homemaker and seamstress/designer and Reuben as part of the original production crew of the newly-built Borden’s cheese factory in Plymouth. Reuben gave up racing to concentrate on raising a family wile Daisy continued to make many beautiful fashions for her own family and for others along with designing and making doll clothes for the H.C Prange Co. for the holiday seasons.

In 1965 & 67 Reuben and Daisy had two more children, Paul Edward and Stephen Robert, which effectively provided them with two families as their first three children were now in middle & high school.

Camping and traveling became passions for the “new” Miller family and many thousands of miles were logged on the highways and byways of the U.S. spanning the country as the older children moved on to marriage, career and family.

After retiring from Borden’s in Plymouth in 1994, Reuben and Daisy again took up camping and cross country traveling in their cozy motor home, visiting their older children who had since moved to the far reaches of the United States.

Reuben and Daisy had been active with their twelve grandchildren and their one great-grandchild for over 15 wonderful years until Daisy died peacefully and suddenly on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2009. Reuben would never completely recover from the shock of losing his life partner of almost 60 years.

Reuben has rejoined Daisy and their youngest son Stephen Robert Miller who passed in 1997, and his siblings Margaret and Eunice, along with his beloved brothers in law, Robert Imrie and Edward Klapka. Reuben is survived by his children Denise Swiney, Raymond Miller, Brian and Diane Miller and Paul and Tammy Miller, daughter-in-law Kim Heider, grandchildren Robert John, Christine, Aaron, Jeffrey, John, Jade, Dillon, Alexander, Samantha, Nicholas, Tiffany and Katherine, great granddaughter Carly, brother in law Richard Doms, as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives too numerous to name.

He will be missed and cherished by many and welcomed home by his wife, parents, brothers in law and sisters and by his youngest son Stephen.

A Gathering and memorial service will be held for Reuben on Sunday, May 20 May 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church in Batavia. Pastor Hap Itson will officiate.

Friends may call on the family at the church on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. A private Interment of Reuben and Dolores’ urn will be held in the Church cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in the name of Reuben P. Miller.

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