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Brian Miller

A celebration of life for Brian J. Miller, 51, of Kalona will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Kalona Mennonite Church with Pastors Doug Cue and Gerry Kahler officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, January 16 from 2-8 pm at the Kalona Mennonite Church with the family present to greet friends from 6 – 8 pm.  Graveside services will take place at the Hardy Community Cemetery, Nebraska on January 21, 2017 at 11:00 am with a reception to follow at the Superior Country Club, Nebraska. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Brian's life.  Mr. Brian Miller died unexpectantly at his home in Kalona, Iowa on January 14, 2017.

Brian James Miller was born August 22, 1965 in Kearney, NE, the son of Jim and Donna (Edwards) Miller.  He graduated from Superior High School in 1984 and then graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a degree in AgriBusiness in 1989.  He was united in marriage to Raelyn Robb on July 12, 1991.  Brian was a member of the Sharon Center United Methodist Church.

Brian was an accomplished multi-sport athlete growing up, to include two high school state championships in shot put and as the starting catcher who hit a home run in the championship game for the Legion baseball team.  One of his 'biggest' accomplishments in high school was defeating an opponent at the state wrestling championships who outweighed Brian by 150 lbs!  His athletic career culminated in playing football alongside his brother Kevin for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1984 – 1989.  This passion transferred into his post college life as he assisted with coaching football both at Superior High School, Nebraska and at Mid-Prairie High School, Iowa.

Professionally, Brian excelled at any task that required people-skills.  Whether it was as an Ag chemical salesman or an investment representative for Edward Jones, Inc; Brian had a tremendous ability to relate with any and all in which he came in contact.

Nevertheless, through all of this Brian was defined by one thing more than anything else: Family.  With an intense love for his wife, Raelyn, Brian dedicated his life to his family and their pursuits.  Brian was a dedicated husband and father that was never too big to do the laundry or sit up front at an elementary music concert.  Whether it was changing allegiances from the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the Iowa Hawkeyes or driving to St. Louis for a national gymnastics competition, Brian loved his family and supported each and every one of them with a dedication similar to the one that he had for his wife.

Survivors include his parents, Jim and Donna Miller of Superior, NE., wife, Raelyn (Robb) Miller of Kalona, sons, Tanner and Reid Miller, daughters Hannah and Ciarra Miller, brothers Kevin (Juliane) Miller of Superior, NE and Andrew (Kristin) Miller of Hardy, NE, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins too many to name.

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Too soon and so sad to lose my closest cousin, but there are still so many memories that have Brian as the face, voice and energy behind them in my mind; summers on the farm as a boy, climbing on the pump-house roof, swimming in the dirty cow pond - why?Because it was there.Wading in the slightly-less-dirty creek.Shooting my very first pheasant and then looking at each other in surprise as if we couldn't believe it.Getting another cousin to urinate on the electric fence, oh yes we did - very, very entertaining!Staying up too late and being too loud.Getting in trouble over and over.Working side-by-side during the short visits I was there cutting cane, castrating hogs, loading livestock and on and on.The trophies, certificates of accomplishment, photos and medals hanging on the walls of his room amazed me.He was always out in front of me regarding just about everything - faster, stronger, disciplined.Thank you Jim & Donna for being such a great motivation, support and encouragement to him and I know you and the extended Miller clan will stick together through this.I'm so sorry.

John Tomlinson Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences in your loss. It's at times like these the Bible has proven to be of great comfort. May these verses comfort you as they have done for me. 2 Corinthians 1 : 3,4 and Acts 24 : 15

Mrs. lyn Jan 18 2017 12:00 AM

Raelyn- I'm very sorry for your loss!It sounds like your husband was a very good athlete growing up and even better husband and dad.I'm sorry I can't be there to express my sympathy in person.Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.Brian

Brian Strauss Jan 17 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss.Brian and I were friends back at UNL.We have lost contact over the years but the fond memories are still there.

Jim Dittmer Jan 17 2017 12:00 AM

Raelyn and family there is no way to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family on this devastating loss. May the good Lord lift you up and carry you all in these times of great sadness. Rejoice in his life and remember always he is with you. Blessings to you all. Emily.

Richard and Emily Johnson Jan 17 2017 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Miller family.Our Family and the IGN Family is always here for you.

The Carr Family Jan 17 2017 12:00 AM

Be comforted in knowing he is with our Savior.What a Great Husband, FatherBrother, Uncle, and Son.The community will deeply miss him.He was always so kind and encouraging.May God hold you all in his arms and walk with you during this sorrowful time. We will be praying for you All. Peace Be With You.

Perry , James, Sonya and Luc Jan 16 2017 12:00 AM

My Sympathy, love, thoughts & prayers to you all at this most difficult of times...I always enjoyed every visit with Brian seeing him at the boys athletic events and while announcing for Tanner & Reid..he always met me with a smile & a kind word...May God Bless you & give you strength & Bless the memories you shared that you will hold close to your Heart

Chris Hotchkiss Jan 16 2017 12:00 AM

Miller family, wow, we are so, so sad.Brian was such a great guy to converse and be with.We remember when he came to our house and brought along his helmet to share with us Hawks!Memories, hang on to them.Our prayers are with you all and when we get back Raelyn we will get together.

Larry and Marilyn Culver Jan 16 2017 12:00 AM

Prayers of "COMFORT" to your families.Memories are not enough, but that is what we have!Cherish them----I remember so many times of caring for Brian & Kevin in the young vibrant love of life times!Brian has given SO much to so many.May the LOVE OF OUR CREATOR GOD comfort you all!

Judy (Corman/Edwards) Vieselmeyer Jan 16 2017 12:00 AM

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