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Dennis G. Miller

Aug 12, 2009

WHITTEMORE – A funeral mass for Dennis G. Miller, 68, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Algona, with Father Edward M. Girres officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Garry-Roberts-Murphy-Schaaf Funeral Home, Algona, with a scripture prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. followed by a rosary. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Algona.

He died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona.

Dennis Gene “Guts” Miller was born Sept. 14, 1940, in West Bend, the son of Wayne and Hazel (Bell) Miller. Denny grew up on a farm near West Bend, attending school there, playing football and being in the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Following high school, he served in the National Guard, B-Battery 194th Artillery Unit, Algona. He took his basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and his advanced training in Fort Sill, Okla. He attained the rank of head sergeant of the motor pool.

Denny was united in marriage to Brenda Thilges on Aug. 29, 1962, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Algona. They farmed near West Bend where Denny also trucked for Wayne Miller and Sons and worked part-time at Knecht’s Standard. By the spring of 1969, they moved to their present farm north of Whittemore. Denny started Dennis G. Miller Trucking in 1972 and he forged a long-term working relationship with Pioneer Seeds. Besides trucking for Pioneer, he did custom corn picking for the company for over two decades.

Denny’s passion was tri-fold. He dearly loved the road, especially going west with his wife, Brenda. He farmed up until the time of his death and he loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also accumulated an extended family, the truckers he spent years with running down that white line and on the loading docks for almost 40 years.

An avid sports fan, Denny coached little league a half dozen years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a long-time loyal Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and Iowa Hawkeye fan and because of his ability to fix cars, enjoyed stock car racing and later on in his life, enjoyed the game of golf. He built racers in the late 1960s and early 1970s and raced at the local tracks in Fairmont, Minn., Jackson, Minn., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Spencer.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Brenda, of Whittemore; four children, Jay Miller and his wife, Robin, of Storm Lake, Keith and his wife, Judy, of Sioux City, Kathy Cornwall and her husband, Mike, of Estherville and Joanie Leerar of her husband, Jason, of Algona; 12 grandchildren, Tara Kosky and her husband, Andy, T.J. Miller, Ashley Miller, Courtney Miller and her fiance, A.J. Dirks, Rachel, Spenser and Keaton Miller, Hayden and Addison Cornwall, and Jacob, Nicholas and Nathan Leerar; and three great-grandchildren, Breydon, Audrey and Landyn Kosky. He is also survived by four brothers and sisters, Lannie Miller and wife, Charlene, of West Bend, Joyce Derrick and husband, Bart, of Ocean View, Del., Peggy Boomgarden and husband, Merle, of Algona and Michael “Butch” Miller of Spirit Lake; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Miller of West Bend and JoElla Miller of Algona and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Richard, Bernard and Herbert Miller and a sister-in-law, Jackie Miller.

Online condolences may be left to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.