Willie Milton Eller, 91, of Solsberry, passed away at 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2005 at Bloomington Hospital.
Born Oct. 29, 1913 in Hendricksville, he was the son of James S. and Della (Abram) Eller. He had been married to Thelma Eller, who passed away Dec. 25, 2004.
He was a retired school teacher. He attended Dyer School in Hendricksville and graduated from Solsberry High School. He went on to get a teacher's certificate from Central Normal College and later a bachelor of science and masters degrees from Indiana University. His 35-year career in education began with three years at Scotland. He then spent 16 years at Solsberry, where he coached three different sports and served four years as principal in addition to his classroom duties. He was one of the original staff members opening Binford Junior High School in Bloomington in 1959. He was the head of the Math Department there for 16 years before retiring in May 1975. He was a member of the Solsberry United Methodist Church and served in many offices. He represented Greene County in the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame effort in New Castle. He served on the Solsberry High School Alumni reunion committee for many years, and the school board of Eastern High School. He was a member of the Solsberry Masonic Lodge. He was very proud to have coached the 1948 sectional championship team from Solsberry High School.
Survivors include: two daughters, Shirley Sullivan of Solsberry and Sue Koenig of Glenburnie, Md.; a brother George Eller of Bloomington; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Thelma Eller; two brothers, Russell and Kenneth Eller; a half-brother Blaine Eller; and four half-sisters, Maude Burch, May Hudson, Ruth Rowe and Charolette Espuland.
Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Solsberry United Methodist Church with the Rev. Billy Ed Hostettler and Pastor Deborah Reichenbach officiating. Burial will be in Solsberry Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at Jenkins Funeral Home, Bloomfield, and from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at the church Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Solsberry United Methodist Church in care of Jenkins Funeral Home.