Fredrick 'Howard' Miller (1943-2018)

Fredrick Howard Miller passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at Ellsworth County Medical Center in Ellsworth, Kan. at the age of 75. He was born May 15, 1943 to the late Gerold and Vona Lee (McGuire) Miller in Alva, Okla.

After graduating from Alva High School with the Class of 1961, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1962 and proudly served his country for 20 years until his honorable discharge and retirement in 1982. After having met on a blind date, he was united in marriage to Patty Whitmer in Alva June 30, 1967.  They were blessed with three children, Fredrick II, Danetta, and Theresa.

After retiring Fred went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in computer science from Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus (K-State Salina).  Always wanting to stay busy, he also worked several jobs including, Bob’s Plumbing, Russell County Sheriff’s Office–Lake Patrol, delivering mail in Ellsworth, locksmithing, and volunteering with the Ellsworth County EMS.  

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wilson, American Legion Post 153 in Olathe, and VFW Post 6240 in Russell. He was an avid chess player and loved to dabble with gemstones, but the greatest love of his life was his grandchildren and spending time with them whenever possible.

Fred is survived by his wife, Patty Miller of their home in Wilson; son, Fredrick Miller II and wife Julie of Olathe; daughters, Danetta Hill and husband Charlie of Platte City, Mo., and Theresa Heinrich and husband James of Wilson; brother, John R. Miller of Russell; grandchildren, Jesse and Samantha, Rex, Deedra, Kristina, Alexis, and Harlee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerold and Vona Lee Miller, and brother, Wesley Miller.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home in Wilson. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m.  

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the United Methodist Church in Wilson. Burial will follow in the Wilson City Cemetery.  

Memorials are suggested to the Ellsworth County EMS or Wilson Senior Center and may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 533, Wilson, Kan. 67490.  

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