Joseph Miller (1917 - 2013)


LAMONT – Joseph Miller was born August 23, 1917, near Hazleton, the son of Elmer and Magdalena Gingerich Miller.
Joseph was united in marriage to Marguerite DeWald on Jan. 27, 1942, at Fairbank. To this union were born: Ellen, Patricia, Lyle, Kathleen, Jayne and Carolyn.
Joe served with the U.S. Army during WWII. He then re-entered the service during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1951.
At nearly 96 years of age, Joe entered into his eternal rest on Monday, May 20, at the East Towne Care Center.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Marguerite in 2001; his daughter, Jayne Keppler; and two brothers: Dennis and Ora Miller.
Survivors include his four daughters and one son: Ellen Gaffney (Lloyd Bergfeld) of Hazleton; Patricia (Richard) Decker of Maquoketa; Lyle (Nancy) Miller of Oelwein; Kathleen Steinocher of Tyler; and Carolyn Miller of Waterloo; thirteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; one step brother, Noah Miller of Wisconsin; two brothers-in-law: Kermit Chesmore and Warren Nichols; two sisters-in-law: Dixie DeWald and Delores DeWald; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 24, in the Fawcett Funeral Home (Grace United Methodist Church at 745 Washington Street,) in Lamont, with Rev. Paul McManus officiating and Karen Kremer providing the music. Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, and after 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 24, in the Funeral Home at 745 Washington Street, in Lamont. Casketbearers will be his grandchildren: Lynn Welvaert, Christopher Decker, Todd Decker, Laura Decker, Amber Keppler, Justin Keppler Jasen Kapaun, Amy Finney, Ashley Miller, Marc Miller, Scott Steinocher, Joseph Steinocher, and Nathan Steinocher. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery at Hazleton with the Lamont American Legion conducting the Military Rites.
The Fawcett Funeral Home and Cremation Services (319-935-3327) of Lamont is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent at under obituaries.
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Fawcetts Funeral Home
915 Washington St
Lamont, IA 50650
(319) 935-3327
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from May 22 to June 8, 2013
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