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Gerald "Jerry" MillerCLERGY
Rev. Duane Coates
Organist ~ Kathy Koenig
Soloist ~ Lisa Knoll
“Serenaded by Angels”
“How Great Thou Art”
Gerald “Jerry” Miller was born on Tuesday, May 31, 1927 in Canova, South Dakota to Vernon and Velva (Bunce) Miller. He attended Canova High School through the 11th grade. From 1946 to 1947, Jerry served in the U.S. Army infantry. For a short time following his service, Jerry farmed in the Canova area. He later began working for Loonan Lumber, Co. and was transferred to the Fullerton lumberyard in Tyndall in 1953. On August 6, 1960 at the United Methodist Church in Tyndall, Jerry was united in marriage to Vlasta “Lassie” (Ruman) Henderson. In 1975, Jerry retired from the lumberyard, yet kept himself busy by helping many people with his carpentry skills and playing several games of Pinochle with friends and family. He also loved to bowl and golf, so much so that he worked at the Bon Homme Country Club for two years in his retirement. Jerry was proud to be Czech and was a member of the Czech Heritage Society.
Jerry died on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at St. Michael Hospital in Tyndall having attained the age of 86 years, 8 months, and 14 days.
He is survived by four brothers: Robert Miller of Rapid City, SD, Duane Miller of Canova, Harold (Anita) Miller of Lake Andes, and Ronald (Joann) Miller of Canova; step-son, Roger (Marci) Henderson of Bloomington, MN; grandchildren, Jodi (Dustin) Lotz of FL and Sean Henderson of MN; great-grandchild, Zachary Lotz of FL; brothers-in-law, Lumir (Marcy) Ruman of Tyndall and Alois Ruman, Jr. of Tabor; sister-in-law, Esther Rumen of Marquette, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Vlasta “Lassie” in 2012, his parents Vernon and Velva, sisters Glenda and Beverly, and in-laws: Ed, Bob, Irene, Marie, and Marcella.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Miller family during this sad time. Jerry was such a good friend and companion to my Dad, Bill Wurtz and we enjoyed visiting with Jerry on our trips back there. He always had a big hug and a smile for us. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Ray and Bev (Wurtz) Wilson Feb 19 2014 8:48 AM
My condolences to the Jerry Miller family. I first met Jerry through the ASCS/FSA Christmas parties. Then later, Lassie shared a room with my aunt Winifred Kastein at the Good Sam. Home in Tyndall, so I got to visit with him more often. My last visit was with him at the clinic when we happen to be getting medicine at the same time. He was a very kind man and so caring. I am sure he is so happy to be united with Lassie again. May God bless you all and may we all join them someday.
Nina Reiff Feb 18 2014 10:01 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you say goodbye to Jerry. Jerry and Lassie lived just around the corner and up the street from us and Lassie and my mom worked together at the ASCS office. I have many memories of going to baseball games with my dad and Jerry to watch Canova play when I was growing up. May he rest in peace.
Sheila Sutera Kremer Feb 18 2014 7:34 AM
From all of us at Tyndall's Hometown Floral, We are very sorry for your loss. A loss such as Jerry is felt in the hearts of many. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you in your following days.
Hometown Floral Feb 17 2014 12:09 PM
We are very sad to hear of Jerry's death. Our condolences to Jerry's family, we will certainly miss him. Jerry was my Dad's room-mate at the Good Samaritan home in Tyndall and he made Dad's adjustment there much much easier. We will always be grateful for Jerry's kind and caring words. He was always watching out for Dad. Even though we had known Jerry a long time, we all enjoyed visiting with Jerry and getting re-acquainted with him again. I believe he and Lassie are together once again and may they rest in peace.
Kris (McCann) Kelley Feb 17 2014 10:07 AM