Jerry D. Miller Ii
1963 - 2021
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Jerry D. Miller II

Des Moines - Jerry Miller II passed from this life Monday, April 5, 2021 enveloped in love with loved ones by his side. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at Iles Westover Chapel, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The service will be livestreamed on the Iles website. Go to IlesCares.com at 9:45 a.m. Saturday and scroll to the bottom of Jerry's obituary to join in the service. Burial will follow at Waukee Cemetery.

Jerry was born Easter Sunday, April 14, 1963 to Jerry D. And Suzann N. (Nelson) Miller. He grew up in Waukee, graduated from Waukee High School in 1981 and resided in his home in Des Moines for the past 35 years. He was a sheet metal worker and a member of Sheet Metal Workers' Local 45.

Jerry was diagnosed with ALS in 2008, and ALSA Iowa's Chapter was his community since diagnosis. He was an ALS Advocate, having lobbied in Washington DC to get more funding to further ALS research. He was loving, courageous and fought ALS valiantly.

As a young boy he enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with his family. This led to his passion for racing jet skis. He competed locally, regionally and nationally during his many years of racing. Jerry also loved to travel with family and friends until his passing, including trips to North Dakota, Texas, Aruba, Canada, Mexico, Michigan and West Virginia.

He was a member of Toastmasters, serving as Sergeant-At-Arms and an active participant for several years, despite his diminishing physical abilities.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Suzann, and brother, James D. Miller. He is survived by his father, Jerry of Edinburg, Texas; sons Zachary and Alexander of Des Moines; sisters Jana (Shane) Finch of Ocala, Florida and Joleen Vento of Waukee; five nieces and nephews, a great-niece and great-nephew, and a multitude of friends who have also been his family.

Jerry and his family wish to thank Eric Lundstrom and Struthers Brothers for customizing Jerry's jet ski casket and storing it for over ten years; the individuals in the ALSA Iowa Chapter who supported Jerry in his journey with ALS - for the resources, equipment, guidance and hope; to Taylor House Hospice for supporting his decision, caring for his every need and comfort, and for pampering him in ways he'd not enjoyed for several years; and to his fellow warriors in their ALS journeys - each of you is an inspiration to others and to the world in living victoriously, and for your continued focus on defeating the illness.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to ALSA's Iowa Chapter in memory of Jerry. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.






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Published in the Des Moines Register from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2021.
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April 12, 2021
Jerry I’ll always remember you with that big grin. We had a lot of fun growing up with sports, motorcycles and trips to the Adel pool. You fought along hard fight my friend. Rest In Peace.

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John Coyne
Friend
April 10, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and love for you all.
Amanda Long
Friend
April 9, 2021
Please accept my condolences in your time of loss. We will all miss his smiling face, enduring sense of humor and inspiring presence at our weekly Toastmasters meetings. I know words can’t take away your sense of loss, but I’m hoping you will find some comfort in knowing we all share your grief. Even after his long struggle, our hearts are never ready to say good-bye to someone so loved. Just know, we are thinking and praying for you during this difficult time, that God may comfort and strengthen your hearts. May your loving memories of Jerry endure forever.
Bob Burd
Friend
April 9, 2021
Such wonderful memories with Toot, Jolene and family. That twinkle in his eye, indicating that brilliant mind was thinking up some mischief. I will miss the shenanigans accompanied by that infectious smile and dry wit. These past few years and months, I've treasured the opportunities to have Jolene and the boys bring Toot to gatherings, dinners, vacations, etc. Watching as that smile would emerge with being surrounded by love and support. Toot is the only person I can think of that I willingly drenched myself with REALLY cold water and laughed the entire time. Here's to you, my friend - my you be at peace and always be watching over us and our shenanigans!
Toni (Wilson) Backstrom
Family
April 9, 2021
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April 9, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing, our thoughts are with Missy, his sons, and the rest of his family. He was a part of our family, and he will be dearly missed. RIP Jerry.
Stacey Webb
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April 8, 2021
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Kim Lewis
April 7, 2021
Missy, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Alan Lovelady
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April 6, 2021
Kenny and I shared Jerry’s ALS journey. He and Kenny always kept our support group uplifting and optimistic. Jerry was truly an inspiration to so many. Now both of their journeys are over, and they are true ALS warriors forever. My condolences to all of his family.
Melissa Read
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April 6, 2021
I remember him being called tooter by my friend Jolene. I remember he had a cocktail and loved jetting. I'm so sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathy to Jolene and the entire family.
Colleen Smith
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