Edward Anthony "Duece" Miller Sr., 79, of Peshawbestown, walked on at Munson Medical Center on March 14 surrounded by loving family.
Edward's spirit name was "Migizi Inini" which means Eagle Man. He was born Nov. 17, 1937 in Newberry, the son of Charles Cornelious Miller Sr. and Lucille Margarette (Pedwaydon) Miller.
As a young man Edward served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.
After his service he lived in Chicago, where he was the chairman of the board of the American Indian Business Association.
Duece was a master mechanic and loved sports, especially baseball and bowling. As young man he worked very hard, loved to socialize and had many friends.
He was a proud full-blood member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Duece participated in powwows throughout Indian country as a traditional dancer. He was known to be a protector and would lend a hand to anyone in need in his community.
Duece also loved children and his many nieces and nephews, with his greatest pride and joy, his son.
Edward is survived by his children, Edward A. Miller Jr., Alicia M. Soto, Kelli T. Soto and Victor Barajas; his siblings, Charles "Chuck" Miller Jr., Ralph "Doc" Miller, Glen "Butch" (Cynthia) Miller, Phyllis Wanageshik, Douglas (Diana) Miller and Gail (Omero) Manzano; and a granddaughter, Anjeni Del Real.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings in infancy, Florine and Henry Miller.
The Mass will be at 1:30 p.m. today, March 18, at Kateri Tekakwitha Church of Peshawbestown. Burial will be held at a later date in Kateri Tekakwitha Cemetery.
Please share condolences with Migizi Inini's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on  March 18, 2017