Paul J. Miller, 98
Thursday, July 21, 2011
5:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Pierschbacher Funeral Home
914 Roland Ave
Chariton, IA 50049
Friday, July 22, 2011
First Baptist Church
Chariton, IA 50049
|Memorials Circle of Life Hospice, Newbern Cemetery, or First Baptist Church
Paul was born December 27, 1912 near Carson, Iowa to Clair and Vesta (Brenaman) Miller. He attended country schools and graduated from Chariton High School in 1931. Paul traveled the country as a hobo, riding trains to where there was work. He worked the orchards in California, gold mines in Colorado, a bakery in Oregon, and the wheat harvest in the Great Plains.
On March 15, 1934 he married Veda Bingham. They were blessed with six children: Harry, Melvin, Colene, Roberta, Joe, and John; and with nearly 75 years of marriage. Paul was a wonderful, loving husband to Veda and especially provided loving care to her in their later years.
Paul was very resourceful and could do, fix, or engineer just about anything. He farmed, drove a truck for Dico, and worked for the Co-op before working and retiring from Johnson Machine Works. Paul was Laconaís first school bus driver and after retiring returned to driving the bus for several years. He also was the Mayor of Lacona for many years.
Paul was a faithful church member and served the Lord in many ways. He taught Sunday school for many years and on most Sundays Veda and Paul had their entire family plus invited different preachers and missionaries to their home for dinner. Paul was a man of many talents including being an expert quilt and blanket maker, making over 200 blankets. He enjoyed fishing, taking his grandchildren fishing, and getting his children to take him fishing.
All who knew Paul will fondly remember him. He had an ornery sense of humor. He was a fixture of his hometown and everyone knew Paul didnít have to see to be able to drive.
Paul passed away July 18, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife Veda in 2009; son-in-law Garold Farrington; grandchildren: Michael Miller, Chad Miller, and Christopher Miller; and 3 great grandchildren: Amanda Dollison, Jessica Luedtke, and Libby Miller. He is also preceded in death by siblings: Mahlon Miller, Wilma Goff, and James Miller.
Paul is survived by his children: Harry (Ginger) Miller of Oklahoma City, Melvin (Trish) Miller of Lacona, Colene (Bob) Greubel of Lacona, Roberta Farrington of Lovilia, Joe (Ellie) Miller of Creston, and John (Kathy) Miller of Lacona; 21 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; and a sister Esther Belle Steinbach of Cedar Rapids.