Funeral service for Ronald E. Miller will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Kim Peterson from Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg will officiate.
Inurnment will be in South Walnut Cemetery, Graettinger. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.
Ronald Ervin Miller, son of Richard and Martha (Hansen) Miller, was born Sept. 29, 1941 in Emmetsburg. He received his education in Emmetsburg, graduating from Emmetsburg High School. Following high school, Ron attended the University of Iowa and then joined the United States Navy.
Following his service in the Navy, Ron attended Photography School in Chicago. He lived and worked in Washington D.C. and later moved to Florida. While living in Florida, Ron was employed by the University of South Florida as an Associate Director in the IT Department. After 30 years at the University, Ron retired to reside in the home he conceptualized and built in Longboat Key, FL, where he lived until his passing. Many of his friends and family were able to travel to Florida to visit. There was always an open invitation to stay at the condo on the Gulf.
Ron will certainly be remembered for his generosity and concern for others. He was always there when any of his family or friends needed him. Ron often kidded his family that their Mom and Dad were "his kids" and he loved them dearly. He always enjoyed the family gatherings that were held.
Ron passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, FL, at the age of 72. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Miller and his grandparents.
He is survived by his mother, Martha Miller of Emmetsburg; Robert Hut- chinson, MD of Longboat Key, FL, Lorraine (David) Naig of Emmetsburg, Sandi (Ron) Chapman of Emmetsburg, Greg (Ardella) Miller of Keokuk, Rick (Sheila) Miller of Waterloo; many nieces and nephews and longtime friends, especially on Longboat, in Ft. Lauderdale, and in Kentucky.
Ron was a kind, giving, thoughtful person who treated others as he would want to be treated by them. Likeable, funny, intelligent, handsome, he was a person it was a true pleasure to know. The world was a better place while he was in it. The sorrow of his passing, felt by all who were close to him, will take a very long time to diminish.
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