David William Miller, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at ManorCare in Dubuque, Iowa.
Graveside military rites and burial will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 17, 2018, at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.
David William Miller was born on September 10, 1931 in Spragueville, Iowa, to Russel Wilbur and Winnifred Lauretta (Gannon) Miller. He attended school in Preston and later received his Associates Degree while living in Washington D.C. following a 13-year military career, earning a Bronze Star. He had served in both the Marine Corps and the Army.
Upon receiving an honorable discharge, David retired from the Federal Government in Washington D.C., and then worked as maintenance man at several apartment buildings in D.C.
David was a member of the Elmer H. Brown Spragueville American Legion Post #590 and the Andrew AMVETS Post #62. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting and his beloved dog Leah. He was especially proud of being a veteran and his military service becoming a Quilt of Valor recipient on November 6, 2016.
He is survived by sisters-in-law, Corrine Miller of Delmar, IA, and Margaret Mary "Peg" Miller Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Leona (Leo) Jessen, Mildred Miller, Marcella (A.D.) Rohse, Russell Miller, John L. Miller, James D. Miller and Paul D. (Patricia) Miller.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Jackson County Humane Society or the Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
On Veterans' Day, I am remembering my Marine brother, Myrl Scheckel. I know that you are especially recalling beautiful memories of your Army/Marine Uncle David, the tank commander in Korea, and the adviser in Vietnam, nicknamed The Preacher, summoning his fellow warriors to prayer and worship. You spoke of touring the Freedom Center with him, enjoying a free breakfast served by the Boy Scouts and the Hy Vee staff. How proudly he wore his Marine cap and special ring! His Valor Quilt, stitched by your friend, said it all. Your Uncle David is resting now "in the Land of the free and the Home of the brave": semper fidelis!
Nora Scheckel Conner
I am proud of you David and I am proud of myself as well of being your wife for thirty years. I know you were a human kind man. You will be always in my prayers. I always will remember you as my GUARDIAN ANGEL.
Mirta C. Miller
Prayers to honor you David on this veterans day. You served and protected our country with pride. Thank you.
We are sending our thoughts and prayers of healing to you as you celebrate your Uncle Davids's Homegoing. The constant care you gave him, the peace of having you as a next door neighbor for 3 and one half years, raising chickens, planting and harvesting, the joy and companionship of pets, meeting new neighbors, and the weekly visits of Pastor Larry gave your Uncle quality of life. What a blessing: your unconditional love! I am thanking you for and with him. Take care and God bless! Love you. Joe and Nora Scheckel Conner
My condolences to the Miller family and especially to Jane Miller. The only time I met David was in Dubuque when Helen, Jane and I went to the church sale. I could tell Jane, how much David appreciated the things you did for him and the care you gave him.. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
David--and his seven siblings--will be in our thoughts on November 17. We attended graveside military rites for our brother-in-law and know the ceremony will be a fitting tribute to a proud soldier. -- Rita and Tony Popp
Jane I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how much he meant to you. He couldn't have had a better niece than you. The love you showed him was exceptional. Know that he is now in peace and that he loved you very much. Here for you anytime. Your in my prayers.
To the Miller family, my heartfelt prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. For Jane especially, remember the good times...you had 31/2 years with your uncle, caring for him so that he could stay in a home for as long as he was able. He wasn't good at expressing himself but i am sure he appreciated you extending andraising the quality of his life by bringing him to Dubuque. The joy he experienced at his last birthday celebration was indicative of the kind of man he wanted to be. God bless, David. The risen and ascended Christ will give comfort. Tana R. Jones
I am proud of you David and am proud too, to have been your friend.
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