March 15, 2007
HARRY JUNIOR MILLER
(6/22/1924 – 3/10/2007)
Harry Junior Miller, age 82, of Memphis, MO, died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.
He was born on June 22, 1924, at his parents’ house in Keokuk, IA; one of thirteen children born to Harry W. and Myrtle Eaton Miller. Junior married Rose Marie Ekle 61 years ago on September 20, 1945, at Keokuk, IA. Together they raised their six children, worked their farms, and enjoyed their grandchildren.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Rose Marie, of Memphis, MO; four sons, Earl, and daughter-in-law Sherry Miller of Edina, MO; Glen and daughter-in-law Suzy Miller of Memphis, MO; Wally and daughter-in-law Crystal Miller of Burlington, IA; Carl and daughter-in-law Tina Miller of Kirksville, MO; two daughters, Jean and son-in-law Tom Myers of Memphis, MO, and Marie “Mimi” and son-in-law Ron Alexander also of Memphis, MO; a brother, Jerry and sister-in-law Anna Miller of Kahoka, MO; a sister, Dalene and brother-in-law Harve Bergman of Kahoka, MO; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Walter and Dorothy Ekle of Hamilton, IL, Ruth Ekle of Farmington, IA, Janie Ihrig of Camp Point, IL, and Robert and Marilyn Ekle of Farmington, IA; 35 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren and four more on the way; many nieces and nephews including Grace and Wayne Hodges of Kahoka, MO and Bob and Evelyn Nye of Keokuk, IA, who were very special to him; as well as cousins and other relatives, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, seven sisters, and a grandson.
Junior attended the Keystone school south of Wayland, and graduated from the eighth grade. One of his very favorite things about school was “Education Days”. This was a day when schools had competition matches in Spelling, Math, and (what we would call “track” today). Junior excelled above everyone in the broad jump—matching just under the world record at that time! He constantly took first place in the 100 yard dash, and the long jump. (Even after getting married, he would often scare his new bride by running and jumping over fences instead of opening the gates to go through)!
As a child, he loved working with, and getting to go with his Dad anywhere and received a wealth of knowledge from his parents, surroundings and experiences.
One of the things he always talked about was his Mom’s good cooking, and her “milk gravy”!
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Memphis.
Junior was born with farming in his blood and farmed all of his life in several northeast Missouri counties. As a young farm boy that started out plowing fields with a team of horses, he could hardly contain his excitement when he was able to purchase his first tractor - a 1937 F-20 Farmall! He loved raising corn, and walking through the tall corn rows, checking on their progress. As far as the beans went, he did not want any volunteer corn in his fields! Using the resources God had given him – his 6 row cultivator got put to good use, namely the Earl, Jean, Mimi, Glen, Wally and Carl Model. He worked many long, hard hours, and sacrificed much to raise the family he loved so much. He spent a lot of time outdoors and had enjoyed hunting and fishing when he was younger. His favorite food was most likely fried catfish, with cornbread and soup beans being a very close 2nd runner-up.
He cherished his wife, Rosie, and many times would surprise her with beautiful flowers that he had picked, or bought her new plants for the house. To him -she was his “Yellow Rose of Macon”!
Junior loved music and boy, could he yodel! When his first child was born he had no form of transportation other than walking. But, each night he would walk the 7 miles from his home to the hospital in Keokuk, and back again - He says he didn’t walk—He ran every mile! He loved his children and grandchildren. He was always eager to tell them about the old Model A’s, the depression, and life in the good ole days! He went to all of his grandchildren’s weddings—no matter how far he had to drive to get there.
He was also blessed to have a close relationship with his siblings and their families, and took many trips in their motor home just to get away with them. Junior loved to get in the car, truck, or motor home and just drive. His last desire was to build a shop that his family could all fit in for gatherings! As of March 10, 2007, his immediate family numbered 132, and he really needed that shed!
He was planning to come home from St. Mary’s Hospital and have a “pizza party” with all the family in celebration of his new heart valve surgery. He will be missed by all, but remembered forever. He loved rural America!
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 15, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka, with his cousin, Harry Miller, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Frazee Cemetery south of Wayland, MO.
Friends can call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Wednesday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.