John E. Miller
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John Ervin Miller was born March 30, 1928 in Viborg, SD to John E. and Luretta (Monk) Miller. After high school in Viborg, he served almost 4 years as a Gunner Mate in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Asiatic/Pacific theatre.
John married Frances Pauline (Penny) Woods in Yuma, Arizona. She died in 1997.
John started his insurance career in 1951 with various duties in South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota. Since 1966 until 1992 he was associated with Kelly-Shaw-Douglas, Inc. in Sioux Falls for last several years as President. After the merger of Kelly-Shaw-Douglas and Howalt McDowell, Ins., he served as a Account Representative and later as a part-time consultant.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, a Life Member of VFW Post 628, where he served as Commander; a Member and Past Board Member of American Legion Post 15; Past Local and State Commander of the 40 & 8; Member and Past President of the American Legion Chorus; Charter Member and Past President of the Sioux Falls Independent Insurance Agents Assoc.; Past Member of the Mayor's Insurance Board and a Charter Member of the Westward Ho Country Club.
John was an avid fisherman, golfer and until his later years, enjoyed hunting. He had a deep appreciation of music, especially classical. He competed with the America Legion Chorus in 20 National Choral Competitions. He attended the first World War II Honor Flight in Washington, DC.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brothers and one infant sister.
Survivors include sons, John E. (Jacque) Miller, Pierre, SD, Jack E. (Lona) Miller, Sioux Falls, SD, Erik G. (Kandi) Miller, Colton, SD, and daughters, Patricia (Bob) Branchaud, Lincoln, NE and Karin F. Miller, Eagan, MN, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be direct to: First Lutheran Church Media Ministry, Children's Home Society or the Union Gospel Mission.
Funeral services will be 10:00am Monday, February 24, 2014 at First Lutheran Church. Visitation will be 3:00-5:00pm Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Heritage Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4:00pm. www.heritagesfsd.com
HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME
4800 S MINNESOTA AVE Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Published in The Argus Leader on Feb. 19, 2014