Donald Miller

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Donald Ray Miller

Donald Ray Miller, 86, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother was called home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on November 28, 2017. He entered this world on July 20, 1931, in Franklin County, IA, born to George Virgil and Cleo (Duffy) Miller and the oldest of 5 children.

He is survived by his spouse, Sylvia Elizabeth (Crabtree) Miller of Rio Rancho, NM; daughter, Debra Rae Sande (Jack) of Kalama, WA; daughter, Marcia Erickson (John) of Warsaw, IN; daughter, Marguerite Sigafus (Phil) of Grandview, MO; and son, Craig Miller (Lori) of Lawrence, KS.

Donald and Sylvia were married January 16, 1954. Donald and Sylvia have 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Donald served in the Army as a Radio Communications Operator from 1951 to 1953. He received an Occupation Medal a National Defense Medal; and a Letter of Appreciation from the Queen of Holland. He held the Rank of Corporal serving under Lt. Col. G.A. Patton. Donald was an Electronics Engineer for Sperry Rand Univac and helped on the project to bring down Apollo 13 for NASA. Donald worked for the United State s Post Office in Eagan, MN as an Electrical Maintenance Engineer. Donald worked for Sun State Plumbing in Albuquerque, NM in his retirement. Donald and Sylvia faithfully attended and were members of Oxboro Evangelical Free Church in Bloomington, MN; Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Orchard Lake, MN; and Alameda Bible Church in Albuquerque, NM. Donald loved to garden, golf, hunt, go to Lobos basketball games, play chicken foot, Sudoku, crossword puzzles and fish. He was an excellent wood carver and won many ribbons for his carvings at state fairs in MN and NM. He loved and appreciated art and music. He enjoyed flying to Oshkosh, WI with his friend Jim Kurz. Donald also loved to tell jokes. Donald was raised on the farm in Iowa and moved his children from the city in MN to the country where they could learn to garden and raise animals like he did. Don and Sylvia raised their children in Farmington, MN and then retired to Albuquerque, NM.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 10:00 am at the Alameda Bible Church at 220 El Pueblo Rd NW Albuquerque, NM 87114. The family requests that memorials be given in Donald's name to Victory Christian School, 220 El Pueblo Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

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Alameda Bible Church
220 El Pueblo Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
(505) 898-2311
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 3, 2017
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