Donald F. Miller, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at his home in rural Maquoketa.
A private family celebration of Donald's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 7, 2018, at the East Iron Hill Community Church, rural Maquoketa. There is no public visitation. Burial will be at the East Iron Hill Cemetery at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.
Donald Franklin Miller was born on October 6, 1931 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Elmer and Grace (Sagers) Miller. He attended Jackson County country schools and married Maxine Tracy on December 22, 1951 in rural Baldwin, Iowa. To this union three children were born, Joyce, Stephen and Tracy.
Donald was a lifelong farmer. In his early years, he had worked as a farmhand, electrician for Stickley Electric, gas attendant for Seeburger Service Station, and at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa.
Donald had previously served on the board of directors the Jackson County Chapter of the Iowa Farm Bureau, Jackson County Extension Service Board, and on the Jansen Residential Care Center Advocacy Board. He loved to dance, play cards, and farm. He was especially fond of his faithful and loyal companion, his dog "Doc".
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Maxine Miller of Maquoketa, IA; children, Joyce (Kim) Richardson of Pelican Rapids, MN, Stephen (Barb) Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Tracy (Keith) Nims of Davenport, IA; 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; a brother Dave (Janet) Miller of Maquoketa, IA; sisters, Laurel (Milo) Baker of Maquoketa, IA, and Marilyn (Don) Dietz of Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Calvin
"Donald's family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County for their continuous kind and compassionate care, and also thank you to Laurie Steines and Jenna Merrick for their compassion and support to the family."
Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.
Maxine, my prayers and condolences on Dons passing. I don’t know if you remember you but am a friend of Delores and met you several times. God bless you and your family. 🙏🙏
Maxine and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. My dad, Jim Sagers, would tell us about the great times he had with Donnie and siblings as kids at your folks' farm. My mom, Marge, was fond of all of you as well.
I'll always remember Donnie dancing with me at Rodney's and my wedding reception in 1983. It was such a surprise! I don't really dance, tho, and I've always hoped I didn't break too many of his toes - ha ha! (But seriously, I might have, as many times as I stepped on his feet!) It was such a nice gesture tho, and one I will not forget.
Our deepest sympathy to you especially, Maxine, as well as to your children and grandchildren, and to Donnie's siblings. I'm sure you have many happy memories - Praise God for a life well lived!
Joan (Sagers) Engelbrecht and Rodney Engelbrecht, in Springfield, Ohio
Maxine and family-so so sorry about Donnie's passing! Know he was in ill health for sometime-remember so fondly the trips he took with us to Colorado in the summers..They all sat around at night telling ghost stories-I was afraid to go to bed..May he rest in peace and may His guidance lead him to a better place..Love and blessings to all!
Deepest sympathy to Mrs. Miller, Joyce, Stephen and Tracy and all your families. Losing a parent is so difficult and leaves a large hole in the family fabric. Prayers and may God provide you peace.
To the Miller family, my deepest sympathies!
Please accept our condolences and may the good Lord bring you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. Sue & Charlie Ostert
Every time I saw this man, it was a laugh and a chuckle. He had a story for every occasion.
But it was his time to leave us all. So sorry for your loss.
STEPHEN and family do sorry to hear about your dad.
So sorry for your families loss. I can remember visiting their family on the farm 50+ yrs ago. Very nice man.
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