Ronald M. Miller, 71, of Olathe, Kan., and formerly of Le Mars, died unexpectedly Friday, June 24, 2005, due to an apparent massive heart attack, while visiting relatives in Le Mars.
Ron was born April 17, 1934, in Howard, S.D., the son of Martin and Agnes (Lewis) Miller. He grew up in Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1953. He served his country with the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 and was stationed in Japan. Ron married Arlene Kurtzhals on Sept. 7, 1957, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. Following their marriage, Ron was employed for many years with Stromberg-Carlson and United Telephone Company in Greenfield and Newton. Ron and Arlene moved to Olathe, Kan., in 1982, where he was employed with Sprint Telephone Company in Overland Park, Kan., until his retirement in 1997. Ron and Arlene had wintered in the Mesa, Ariz., area since his retirement.
Ron was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Olathe, where he had served as an usher for many years.
He enjoyed playing cards, going to garage sales, woodworking, and coffeeing with friends.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Arlene Miller of Olathe, Kan.; a son, Scott and Dulaine Miller of Traer; two daughters, Kim Slycord and Richard Bates of Newton, and Lisa and Steve Firestone of Olathe, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a half-sister Marge Gannon and her husband, John of Emmetsburg; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Ella Kounkel of Le Mars; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Allen and Linda Kurtzhals of Sioux City, Rose Ann Kurtzhals of Orange City, and Doris and Ed Beitelspacher of Le Mars; many cousins, nieces and nephews in the Le Mars area and in South Dakota and Minnesota; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. William McCarthy presiding. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Military honors at the cemetery were provided by Wasmer Post 241 of the American Legion. Visitation was anytime after 3 p.m. Sunday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, where there was a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m.
Pallbearers were Vern Steenhard, Ed Troop, George Drake, Kent Neveu, Jim Hudson, Dwayne McClelland, Jerry Musil and Don Johns.