Joseph Miller

Sept. 25, 1936-Nov. 8, 2013

MARSHALL – Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph Miller, 77, of Marshall, formerly of Milroy, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the church, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Milroy.

Joe died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center.

Joseph Charles Miller was born Sept. 25, 1936, to Melvin and Celena (Van De Wier) Miller in Marshall. As a young child, Joe developed a love for farming, which led him to graduate high school from Morris Ag School. He grew up on a farm three miles west of Milroy with his two brothers, Don and Roger. Joe married Marie Kerkaert Nov. 23, 1956, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Together, the couple began to farm and take care of sheep prior to taking over his father’s dairy farm in 1965. Joe loved his life on the dairy farm and took great pride in caring for his cows. He raised calves, milked up to 150 cows twice a day and custom chopped silage. Joe was known to many as “Buffalo Joe” for his endeavor in raising buffalo. Joe loved to take his kids to horse shows and on trail rides to Camden and Garvin Parks. He was a long time member of the Saddle Blazers Horse Club. Living on the farm, Joe taught his children to work hard and would do anything for anybody. Joe spent many hours going to fairs for tractor pulls and watching sports.

Survivors include his children, Jeannie (and Lonnie) Swenson of Ihlen, Roxie (and Marty) Schlemmer of Sioux Falls, S.D., Dorothy (and Brian) DeVos of Waseca, Rita (and Mark) Vandeputte of Marshall, Sandy (and Larry) Hanson of Marshall, Mary Jo (and Chris) Hmielewski of Marshall and Kent Miller of Marshall; special friend, Sandy Myran of Marshall; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roger.

Happy trails Joe…