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Richard Miller

December 8, 1923 — January 12, 2016

Funeral services for Richard L. Miller, 92, of Kalona will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kalona United Methodist Church with Pastor Gerry Kahler officiating. Cremation will follow the service.   Burial of the cremains will be at a later date.  Visitation will be held Friday, January 15 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  A memorial fund has been established for the Kalona United Methodist Church.  Richard L. Miller died Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona.

Richard Lewis Miller was born December 8, 1923 in Kalona, Iowa, the 4th son of Joas S. And Magdalena (Ropp) Miller. Richard served his country in the United States Navy during World War II, touring the Pacific theatre aboard the U.S.S. Riverside.  On June 12, 1949 he was united in marriage to Martha L. Routh in Des Moines, Iowa. Richard was self employed as a bricklayer and a 40 year member of the Bricklayers and Craftworkers Local #3, Iowa.  He was also a member of the Kalona United Methodist Church, the Iowa City Aerohawks Model Airplane Club, and was the commander of the American Legion in the early 1950's.  He was an avid collector of antique glass, enjoyed woodworking and was an aviation enthusiast.

Survivors include his wife, Martha of Kalona, four children: Randall C. (Tara) Miller of Rockford, IL., Karen S. (Richard) Schwerdtfeger of Fernandina Beach, FL., Russell D. (Patty) Miller of Marshalltown, IA, Darryl L. (Joan) Miller of Rock Falls, IL., seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, seven step great grandchildren, three sisters: Vesta Neale of Wellman, IA, Mary Jane Baker of Columbus, GA, and Anne Miller of Harrisonburg, VA,  two sisters in-law, Ruby Miller and Ida Fern Miller, and one brother in-law Ed Yoder all of Kalona.

Preceding Richard in death were his parents, four sisters Fannie Miller, Lydia Miller,  Esther Yoder and Bernice Miller, two brothers Paul H. and Alvin L. Miller, and four brothers in-law, Levi Miller, Don Neale, Leroy Baker and Dan Miller.
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