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Richard "Dick" Miller

Friday, February 26, 2010
4:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Martin-Mattice Funeral Home
Emmetsburg, IA

Saturday, February 27, 2010
1:00 PM
Bethany Lutheran Church
Emmetsburg, IA

In Loving Memory of
Richard Miller
July 3, 1921 ~ February 23, 2010

Bethany Lutheran Church
Emmetsburg, Iowa
Saturday, February 27, 2010, 1:00 P.M.

Rev. Steve Ellerbusch

Janis Campbell ~ Organist
Kirk Haack ~ Vocalist

Debbie Chapman
Sarah Miller
Lori Berry
Alyssa Miller
Tracy Kokemuller
Trisha Miller

Ryan Miller
Jeff Naig
David Chapman
Jud Miller
Dan Chapman
Michael Miller
Scott Naig
Eric Naig

South Walnut Cemetery
Graettinger, Iowa

Richard Miller, son of Peter and Dagmar Rebecca (Anderson) Miller, was born July 3, 1921 in St. Peter, Minnesota. He attended country school and graduated from Graettinger High School in 1939.

Dick served in the United States Army, serving one year in Okinawa during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart during his time of service.

On September 25, 1940, Dick was united in marriage to Martha Hansen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union five children were born.

In 1946, at the age of twenty four, Dick was elected as County Sheriff, making him the youngest sheriff ever in the state of Iowa. He served in this capacity for twenty six years. Dick owned and operated Miller Insurance and Real Estate until his retirement.

Dick was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. He was a member of V.F.W. Post #2295 and American Legion for over sixty years. He had served as past president of the Iowa Sheriff’s Association. Dick was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and he enjoyed bowling. What he enjoyed most in life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dick will be remembered by them as their “Funny Grandpa” as he always had a positive spirit, lots of laughs and a twinkle in his eye.

Dick passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, Iowa at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, LeRoy, Ervin, Carman and Martin Miller; and a sister, Florence Wichman.

He is survived by his wife, Martha of Emmetsburg, IA; his children, Ron Miller of Long Boat Key, FL, Lorraine (David) Naig of Emmetsburg, IA, Sandi (Ron) Chapman of Emmetsburg, IA, Gregory (Ardella) Miller of Nauvoo, IL and Richard (Sheila) Miller of Waterloo, IA; fourteen grandchildren; twenty two great grandchildren; a sister, Lavonne Johnson of Eyota, MN; sister-in-law, Betty Miller of Emmetsburg, IA; several nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home

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