EL PASO — Jacob C. “Jake” Miller, 18, of El Paso passed away at 3:15 p.m. Friday (Jan. 2, 2015) at his residence.
Jake was born Aug. 21, 1996, in Normal, a son of Ed and Lora Messer Miller.
Survivors include his parents, Ed and Lora Miller, El Paso; a sister, Lauren Miller, Memphis, Tenn.; maternal grandmother, Linda Messer, El Paso; paternal grandparents, Carl and Barb Miller, El Paso; uncle, Larry (Susan) Messer, Goodfield; aunt, Angela (Bruce) Anderson, Orion; and many cousins and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Lloyd Messer, and his paternal and maternal great-grandparents.
Jake attended Eastview Christian Church, Bloomington, where a celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday. His family will receive friends following the service at the church. The Rev. Mike Baker will officiate. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso is assisting his family with arrangements.
Jake was a senior at University High School, Normal, where he was captain of the swim team. He was a member of the 2014 U High state champion swim team. He was a four-time state champion in the 200 individual medley, 500 freestyle and 200 and 400 freestyle relay. He was ranked 10th in the nation as a high school recruit and had signed a national letter of intent to swim at the University of Louisville. He had qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 400 IM. He was a member of the Redbird Swim Club and USA Swimming.
He volunteered for the Special Olympics, Heritage Manor Nursing Home, El Paso, and had participated in the Spina Bifida Walk.
Jake was a fierce competitor in the pool but was even better as a young man, always helping others, giving credit and thanking his coaches and teammates. These same virtues were displayed by Jake being an organ and tissue donor.
Memorial contributions in Jake’s honor may be directed to the Jake Miller Memorial Fund, c/o Flanagan State Bank, 111 N. Fayette St., El Paso, IL 61738.
Tributes and condolences may be sent to his family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.