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Former Lake Nebagamon police chief honored for military service

Charles Miller

A flag is raised over the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in honor of a military retiree who served as Chief of Police in Lake Nebagamon.

Charles Douglas Miller was born Dec. 28, 1947, in southern Wisconsin, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1966. After completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, he was assigned to Fort Rucker in Alabama before a tour in Germany in 1967.

Miller married Patricia K. Brown on Jan. 13, 1968, and served two tours in Vietnam starting in 1968 and 1970, and was to Fort Hood, Texas between those tours.

Miller held several assignments until his retirement from the Army in January 1987 as a sergeant first class.

After retiring, Miller and his wife returned to Wisconsin where he served as chief of police for the village of Lake Nebagamon for 15 years. The couple then moved to Friendship, Wis., where Miller did numerous security jobs until he finally retired.

Miller passed away at home with his wife by his side on May 18. He was a loving husband, father, and grandpa. Charles Miller was survived by his wife, Patricia and one daughter, Cheryl; three grandchildren, Kodi Brunner, Douglas Brunner and Brittany Miller; two great-grandchildren, Alexis and Axton.

The entire family is proud of Miller’s service to his county.

A flag will be raised at 9 a.m. Friday in honor of Miller’s service. The public is welcome to the free event.

The Flag of Remembrance Program is sponsored by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, and honors the life and memory of one deceased veteran. For information about the program, contact John Vaski at 715-394-7693 or Scott Markle at 218-269-4675.

You can also leave a message at the Bong Center at 715-392-7151, or email or