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MILLER, Warren R. 1922-2016

MILLER, MULLER, THOMPSON

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/24/2019 at 18:37:06

Warren R. Miller, 94, of Grinnell, died on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at University Hospitals in Iowa City.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. David Crow, pastor of the Grinnell United Methodist Church, officiating. Casket Bearers will be Danny Carroll, Kenneth Goreham, Aaron Johnson, Matthew Miller, Scott Miller and Ray Peak. Honorary Bearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Grinnell Fire Department will provide an honor guard and the Grinnell Veterans Ceremonial Unit and the Iowa Military Funeral Honor Guard will perform honors for a World War II veteran. Interment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home beginning 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday and the family will be present at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Memorials may be directed to the Warren R. Miller Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

Warren was born on February 26, 1922, in Wellsburg, Iowa to Fred and Elmda Muller Miller. He was the youngest of seven children and was raised in Wellsburg. Warren was a member of the Wellsburg High School Class of 1940. In 1941, he traveled by motorcycle to Grinnell and assisted his sister with the operation of the Grinnell Dairy. The family served ice cream and malts every Saturday night in Grinnell and it was at one of those events that he met the love of his life, Eleanor Thompson. The couple married on April 30, 1942 in Missouri.

On May 12, 1943, he was called to military duty and served as a medic with the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his military service he returned to Grinnell and began a 40 year career as a lineman with Iowa Southern Utilities. He also served as a volunteer fireman for the Grinnell Fire Department for 29 years. At the time of his death he was the oldest living former firemen in Grinnell.

Warren was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Elks Lodge, the Eagles Club, the American Legion, the Order of Eastern Star, the VFW and the Masonic Lodge.

He enjoyed camping and fishing as well as listening to stories about the activities and accomplishments of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Besides the love for his wife and family, he enjoyed serving the community and being of assistance to family and friends.

He is survived by his children, Gary (Mary) Miller of Enid, OK, Linda (Steven) Harper of Fort Myers, FL and Donna Miller of Grinnell, IA; five grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy (John) Peak and Jane Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; his parents; two brothers; and four sisters.

--Smith Funeral Home (www.smithfh.com)


 

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