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J.R. Miller

Mount Ayr

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 9:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 11:16 a.m. CDT

J.R. Miller, 93, of Mount Ayr died Feb. 24, 2014, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. The Rev. Terry Roberts will officiate. Burial will be in Redding Cemetery. Military rites at the cemetery will be conducted by Ringgold Post No. 172 and Iowa Honor Guard Unit. Open visitation will be 8 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to HCI Care Services in Mount Ayr. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.

J.R. Miller, son of Opal (Stamper) and Ralph Miller, was born Aug. 6, 1920, near Benton.

J.R. graduated from Benton High School in 1938.

J.R. was a veteran of World War II, serving in North Africa and Italy, 3rd Convalescent Hospital, from December 1942 until December 1945.

After leaving the service, J.R. lived a short time in Des Moines. He then moved to San Diego, Calif., in November 1947, where he was employed by Bradston Rattan products. He was later promoted to factory foreman.

In 1958, Bradston Rattan established a factory in Tampa, Fla., at which time J.R. was named manufacturing engineer at that facility with a total of five employees. He retired in 1982 with a total of 50 employees, after working there for 35 years. 

On Feb. 2, 1960, J.R. married Mildred Morse in Plant City, Fla., where they made their home for 25 years.

Mildred died Nov. 17, 2006.

On Dec. 16, 2006, J.R. moved to Mount Ayr to be closer to family. 

J.R. helped finance the Benton fireworks celebration and restoration of Benton Jail. He also helped finance the improvement and addition to Benton Community Center, as well as restoration of the playground and shelter house of the now named J.R. Miller Park. 

J.R. is survived by several cousins.

In addition to his wife, J.R. was preceded in death by his parents.

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