James R. Miller

JAMES RAYMOND MILLER, age 77 of Waseca died on Friday, January 30, 2015 as a respite patient at Rivers Edge Hospital in St. Peter.

Born on February 27, 1937 in Wilton Township, Waseca County, Minnesota, he was the son of Raymond A. and Esther (Kaiser) Miller.  He attended rural Waseca County School District #22 before graduating from New Richland High School.  He later received his Associate’s Degree from the U of MN-Waseca.  After high school, Jim served in the US Navy in the Pacific.  He had been stationed on the USS Brinkley Bass DD887.  Jim married Juanita Steege on June 20, 1959 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pine Island.  Jim worked at Midland Elevator in Waseca from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.  He later worked as a boiler engineer at Mankato State University for 33 years before retiring in 2001.  Jim also farmed the family farm for 41 years.

Jim had many farming interests, enjoyed traveling and following the U of MN women’s basketball team.  He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca since 1959 where he served on the church council and ushered.  Jim also served on the Our Gang board at First National Bank and was also on the Steele/Waseca nominating board.   He served on the USS Brinkley Bass DD 887 reunion committee and enjoyed attending numerous reunions over the years.  Jim was also active with the local military funeral honor guard.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita of Waseca; two children, Gretchen M. Timm of  Stillwater and Craig J. (Brenda) Miller of Waseca; five grandchildren, Meghan, Maxwell and Mariah Timm and William and Thomas Miller.  He is also survived by many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Margaret Granger.

Visitation will be held at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waseca on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 4-8 PM and continue on Wednesday, one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca with Rev. Howard White officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodville Cemetery. 

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