James R. Miller

James R. Miller, 93, of La Crescent, Minnesota and formerly of Fayette, died Thursday, September 13,  2018, at the La Crescent Health Services in La Crescent, Minnesota

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at the Fayette Community Church in Fayette with Rev. Andy Sayer officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette with military rites conducted by American Legion Post #339 of Fayette.  Visitation will precede the funeral at the church on Tuesday beginning at 10:00 a.m.

James Russell, son of Frank and Mabel (Johnson) Miller was born February 21, 1925, in rural Hawkeye. He was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Faith and received his education in the Hawkeye Schools. Jim served honorably in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 before being honorably discharged in 1945. On November 4, 1944, he was united in marriage with Mary Ann Olson at the Methodist Parsonage in Fayette. To this union two children were born, Sandra and Rodney. The couple made their home in Fayette for nearly seventy years. Jim moved to La Crescent, Minnesota following Mary Ann’s death in February of 2013. Jim began his working career at Paul Templeman’s rock quarry, before owning his hauling business. He was also a mechanic and trained and traded horses. Jim was a member of the American Legion Post #339 of Fayette and was recently awarded as a seventy year member. He enjoyed dogs and his horses.

Jim is survived by one son, Rodney (Julie) Miller of LaCrescent, Minnesota; one daughter, Sandra Thompson of Fayette; seven grandchildren, Michelle Thompson, Janelle Pityer, Jamie (Buddi) Thompson, Jackie (John) Rivard, Jeff (Christy) Miller, Alex Schomers, and Jade Miller; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Donna Bailey of Odessa, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mary Ann, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jessica Miller; son-in-law, Ronald Thompson; two brothers, Lyle and Dick Miller; two sisters, Arlene Stuffelbean and Mabel Mary Miller; one sister-in-law, Vivian Miller; and two brothers-in-law, Arlie Stuffelbean and Charlie Bailey.


Ellen Johnson on September 19, 2018 at 7:38 AM said:

Just saw this on Wednesday morning. Sandra and Rod, Sorry I didn't make the service. Your dad was such a great friend of my dad. They worked together for years. My sympathy to you and your families. Ellen Johnson
Rhonna Bergmann on September 18, 2018 at 9:07 AM said:

My deepest sympathy to the Miller family. My mother was DeLila (Trout) Bahlmann, a cousin of Jim's. I have fond memories as a child of going to visit Uncle Frank and Aunt Mabel, going to see Jim's horses, and then playing with the Miller, Bailey, and Stufflebean cousins. Condolences from all of the "Bahlmann girls"- Glenna, Rhonna, Rheta, Jacque and Lisa.
Harriet Johnson on September 17, 2018 at 12:49 PM said:

Jim and my dad worked together. What Rest in peace, Jim. Thinking of Rodney and Sandra and their families.
Brian & Linda Wetterlin on September 16, 2018 at 10:06 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God Bless
Marlene Melver on September 15, 2018 at 6:13 PM said:

I lived 2 houses down from and then across the street from Jim for almost 30 years. He was a good man. Really missed him and Mary Ann when I moved away. My sympathy to the family.
Brenda Hildebrand on September 13, 2018 at 2:01 PM said:

Jim was a long time family friend, served with my dad (Paul Briggs). Jim was missed when he moved to Minn.

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