Vilas was murdered on 2 December 1960. John Roecker and Vilas Miner had spent the evening drinking. Vilas followed Roecker to his apartment where at 10:20 am Roecker fatally shot him five times with a .22 pistol. (Oshkosh Daily, Sheboygan Press) "Miner's family is from La Crosse, but Miner had been living and working in both La Crosse and Wisconsin Dells." (Oshkosh Daily)
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh Wisconsin, USA (Saturday Evening, 3 December 1960). page 1a.
The Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, WI, USA (Monday, 19 December 1960) p. 12.
Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 07 September 2020), memorial page for Vilas John Miner (23 Dec 1923–2 Dec 1960), Find a Grave Memorial no. 140944336, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Wisconsin Dells, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by El Memorializer (contributor 47029561).