JOPLIN - Kenneth Eugene Miller, 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, after collapsing in his home.

No funeral services are planned. Cremation has taken place.

Kenneth was born July 4, 1922, as an only child to Roy and Maude (Rolph) Miller in Salem, Ore. He came to Montana in his youth and attended a country school north of Joplin. He finished his formal education in Joplin, graduating from Joplin High School in 1941. In the few years that followed, Kenny serviced engines for the Great Northern Railway, then began farming with his father northwest of Joplin.

Kenneth married Elaine L. Wehr on Oct. 27, 1948, in Havre. They made their home on the Miller farm near Joplin during their 55 years of married life together and raised two sons. Although Ken's health had failed these past few years, he still remained active in the farming operations.

Kenneth enjoyed traveling, dancing, music, golfing and bowling. He liked to read farm magazines and newspapers, watch old western movies on television, and paint-by-number pictures. He loved his life as a farmer, and harvest season was his favorite time of the year. He was proud of his automobiles and always kept them in immaculate condition. But most of all, he loved his family dearly and thought the world of his children and grandchildren.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Miller of Joplin; sons, Darryl (Donneta) Miller of Sidney and Rick (Deb) Miller of Joplin; five grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Ruth VanWechel of Chester and Helen Chapman of Henderson, Nev.; four nephews and nieces; and his loyal pet schnauzer, Jingles.

Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel in Chester.


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