Wilbur H. Miller, 82, of Merrill, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Wilbur Henry Miller was born May 9, 1923, on the family farm at Sac City, the son of William and Dora (Klindt) Miller. He was raised and educated in Sac County. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Wilbur was united in marriage to Bernice Lansink on March 31, 1948 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove. They were the parents of seven children. Wilbur and Bernice farmed near Galva for several years before moving to Sioux City in 1961. He worked for 15 years for Needham Packing Co. in Sioux City. In 1972, they moved to Moville, and in 1977 moved to Merrill. In 1977, Wilbur began working for Dubuque Packing Co. in Le Mars and continued until his retirement in 1986.
Wilbur and Bernice enjoyed spending the winter months in Mission, Texas, for several years. He enjoyed camping vacations and fishing with his children and also loved to tend to the garden at home. Wilbur was a longtime member of the Catholic Church in Merrill where he had mowed the church grounds and cemetery for years.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Bernice of Merrill; seven children, James B. and his wife, Jeanne Miller of Sioux City, Mary Leigh of Sioux City, Linda Ingalls and her fiancÚ, Pat McCarville of Salix, Margaret Berry and her special friend, John Davis of Sioux City, Mark and his wife, Lori Miller of New Richmond, Wis., Greg and his wife, Susan Miller of Merrill, and Theresa Miller of Omaha, Neb.; three sisters, Mildred Schriber of Ida Grove, Marcella Moore of Sioux City and Loraine and her husband, Paul Levan of Sandy, Ore.; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dora (Klindt) Miller; a brother, Donald Miller; and three sisters, Lavonne Keller, Maxine Clark, and Marjorie Cork.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Merrill, with the Rev. Nickolas Becker officiating. Inurnment of the cremains with military honors provided by the Olson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill will be in the Assumption Catholic Cemetery. Visitations will be after 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 7 p.m. Scriptural wake service .