February 03, 2023

Allen W. Miller

Mount Ayr

Graveside celebration of life services for Allen Miller, 78, who passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Mount Ayr, will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox with military honors. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox.

Memorials may be given in his name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox, where we ‘celebrate life’.

Allen Wayne Miller was born Dec. 12, 1943, the son of Raymond and Edith Marie (Nixon) Miller on the family farm in rural Kent. Allen entered eternal rest on Dec. 6, 2022 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr at the age of 78.

Allen joined the United States Marine Corps in 1960, going to boot camp in 1961 in San Diego, California. After boot camp he joined the Marine Corps Marching Band playing trumpet in San Diego. He was transferred to Okinawa, Japan, for one year then returned to El Toro, California. He played trumpet for the Marine Corps Band in the Rose Bowl parade for three years.

Allen married Karen Hanson in 1967 and to this union two children were born, Lauri and John. Allen and Karen later divorced. He was a truck driver all of his adult life and was known as “Big Al.”

Left to cherish Allen’s memory are his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his brother, Harlan Miller, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Allen in death are his parents, Raymond and Edith Miller; four brothers, Don, Dick, Gail and Ed; two sisters-in-law, Jean and Joy and one grandson, Brock.

Allen proudly served his country. May he be at peace in God’s loving care.