Donald E. Miller

donald miller
Donald E. Miller, age 79, of Alta Vista, IA, died on Monday, July 5, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, IA surrounded by his family. Donald Edward Miller was born on April 18, 1931 to Julius Jake and Mamie (Schlesing) Miller near Alta Vista. He attended Wildwood Country School near Alta Vista and graduated from Alta Vista High School in 1949. Don continued to help on the family farm after graduation. On August 21, 1955 he was united in marriage to Doris Mae Gealow at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Rockwell, IA. After their marriage they moved to the home farm which they later purchased. Don spent many years milking cows, working for Sinnwell Elevator and helping Reuben Friedrich and Don Bartles with farm work. Don enjoyed fishing, dancing, and visiting with family and friends. Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Doris of Alta Vista, IA; six children, Vickie Nehl of Alta Vista, IA, Kathy (Donald) Lechtenberg of Lawler, IA, Richard (Alice) Miller of New Hampton, IA, Wayne (LuAnn Clubb)Miller of Sigourney, IA, Janine (Keith) Bennett of Wildomar, CA, and Ronda (John) Kuehn of New Hampton, IA; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Louis (Lois) Miller of Denver, IA, and Kenny (Norma) Miller of Waterloo, IA; three brothers-in-law, Elmer (Clysta) Gealow of Marshaltown, IA, Roger (Beverly) Gealow of Story City, IA, and Don (Patty) Gealow of Mason City, IA; three sisters-in-law, Velma Brannon of Greene, IA, Judy (Ed) Kohler of Buena Vista, CO, and Diane (Greg) Riles of Sheffield, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius Jake and Mamie; one son-in-law, Charles Nehl; two brothers-in-law, Jim Hill, and Emmett Brannon; and one sister-in-law Melva Hill. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the family. Cemetery: Burial will be in Union Cemetery at Alta Vista with Michael Nehl, Jamie Lechtenberg, Tommy Nehl, Brad Lechtenberg, Jason Lechtenberg, Mitch Miller, Chris Lechtenberg, and Nick Lechtenberg serving as casket bearers. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Christy Roethler, Ashley Bennett, Samantha Bennett, Shelby Bennett, Coleman Bennett, Shawn Kuehn, Taylor Kuehn, Kyle Kuehn, Lynn Nehl, Jessica Marzen, Toni Miller, Stacey Miller, and Johnathan Miller. Visitation: Visitation will be on Thursday, July 8, 2010 from 4:00-8:00pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. Service: Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, July 9, 2010 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista with Reverend Kevin Frey officiating.

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  1. Doris & family; Our thoughts & prayers have been with you & will continue. Uncle Don is resting comfortably now. Please accept our sympathy. See you soon.

  2. Doris, Vickie, Kathy, Rich, Wayne, Janine and Ronda, I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ann Grober

  3. Miller family….I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept my sympathies. You are all in my thoughts today.

  4. Our deepest sympathy to all of your family…you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Craig and Patti Rosauer

  5. Ronda and all your family,
    May your dad be at peace and our prayers and hugs for all of you. He will be missed.

  6. Sorry ,to here about your dad , Its hard to lose someone.Our thoughts and prayed are with you all . Take care.

  7. To The Miller family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this diffuclt time.

  8. Vicki & families, so sorry to hear about your husband, dad, grandfather. You all have our deepest heartfelt sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. May God Bless you all. Don, Pat, & Chance Johnson

  9. We extend our deepest synmpathy to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  10. Doris & Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family at this difficult time. Our hearts go out to you.
    Al & Nikki Rosonke and Family

  11. Kathy and families, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Remember the memories will always keep him close. Our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  12. Miller family, I am sorry to hear about your loss. This is never an easy time. You are all in our prayers.

    “I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. ” Jeremiah 31:13

  13. My sincere sympathy to your entire family in the loss of Mr. Miller. May your happy memories bring you peace and healing. You all will be in my daily thoughts and prayers.

  14. Rhonda,
    So sorry to hear about your dad. You and your family have our deepest sympathy.

  15. To Richard and Alice and entire Miller family.. There are many who share in the hurt of your loss and are thinking of you in this time of sorrow. Hoping you will soon be able to cherish in the many wonderful memories, discover joys of the past and find peace in the memory that lives on forever.

  16. We are thinking of you all and our heart aches for your family. We send you love and hugs to help you through the days to come. We will see you Thursday evening.

  17. Doris Vicki Kathy and Miller Family
    I was sad to hear of your loss, every time I saw Don he recognized me— the old neighbor girl! And he would maybe tell a story or two of times he had with my dad and the rest of the neighbors, always a friendly guy. You are all in our thoughts today.

  18. My deepest sympathy to the entire family, know he is resting in peace now. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. To Doris and all of the family,
    We would love to be there to grieve with you. We will be there in thoughts and prayers now and the days to come. Enjoy all of the good memories, as Don would want you to. We send our love!

  20. We are saddened to hear of your loss of Don. Your many memories of him will help carry you through. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
    His death leaves each of you with grief and sadness, but know that he is God’s hands now. Remember that he is always with each of you in your hearts and memories, and will be there forevermore. God bless you at this difficult time.

  22. Miller Family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  23. Doris, I was saddened to hear of don’s death. May God be with you and the family. My prayers from Iraq are for you and the girls as you go through your grief. Lance

  24. Doris, Ronda, Rich & Family,

    Our sympathies go out to all of you and you are all in our prayers.

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