Clarence Miller Insurance
[Please enable javascript.] 1419 Lincoln AveCharleston, IL 61920
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Our Story

Update January 1, 2018 : Paul Tomshack purchased the agency from Clarence and Linda Miller.


When Clarence and I married, we had no idea we would be in the insurance business.

Clarence graduated from EIU with a degree in business with aspirations to find a job in the banking industry. Unable to land a job in banking, he went back to dumping grain truck at his old job with the Pesotum Grain Elevator. While working there he went to work with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Champaign, and then on to Prudential Insurance Company, working the life insurance business.

Doyle Johnson called and gave us the opportunity to buy part of his agency in 1977 and move back to Charleston, so we jumped at the chance. In 1985 Doyle retired and we acquired the rest of his business, bringing Brad Johnson in with us. We started the Clarence Miller Insurance Agency in a small basement room under Dr. Ramsey's office and progressed from there to various locales until we acquired our existing location on Lincoln Avenue.

Penny Dowling joined our team in 1993 with Paul Tomshack coming in 2012. In 2014 we acquired the Mickey Hacker Agency. At that time, we asked Mickey's CSR, Linda Dow, to come work with us. In 2017, Emily Tomshack, our daughter and Paul's wife, joined the agency. Paul and Emily represent the second generation of Millers to work in the agency; we are truly a local family business!

Clarence, Brad, Paul, Penny, Linda D, and I are licensed agents with over 130 years experience collectively. We write write auto, motorcycle, RV, home, renters, farm, commercial, life, and health insurance. We appreciate all our customers and are honored that you entrust us with your insurance needs.

— Linda Miller