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Ray Miller


Published: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 10:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 12:14 p.m. CDT

Ray Miller, 83, of Thayer died Jan. 24, 2014, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. 

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Powers Funeral Home, 612 N. Dodge St., Afton. The Rev. Dwayne Henrichs will officiate. Burial will be in Murray Cemetery. Open visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are to be established in his name. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

Ray Miller, son of Myrtle Odessy (Shockley) and Edward Miller, was born March 19, 1930, in Reydon, Okla.

Ray was educated in Mitchellville area schools and joined the United States Air Force in 1948. After his discharge in 1952,  he moved to the Des Moines.

On Sept. 24, 1954, Ray married Lyla Jean Gillett  in Des Moines.

In December 1959, they moved to Thayer, where they settled and farmed.

Ray worked at Purolator for many years. Later, he worked at Vanmark. He also worked as a carpenter for many years.    

Ray is survived by his wife Lyla Miller of Afton, daughter Sue Rahn of Afton; sons, Terry (wife Marcie) Miller of Thayer and Steve Miller (Amber Skeen) of Creston; brothers, Leo (wife Thelma) Miller and Leonard Miller, all of Liberty Center; and grandchildren, Matt Ingram of Winterset, Lindsay (husband Jason) Siefken of Cedar Rapids, Kalli (husband Luke) Young of Creston, Cody, Jessica and Nick Miller, all of Thayer, and Cameron Lincoln of Creston.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, twin sons at birth, brother Everett Miller and sister Hazel Patterson.

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