John Lee Miller
John Lee Miller
John Lee Miller, 79, of 6085 Post Oak Road, Reno, Texas, died on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Paris Healthcare Center. Services were held Friday, Dec. 20, at Bright Holland Funeral Chapel. Burial was at Union Hill Cemetery in Reno. Serving as pall bearers were Tim Miller, Charlie Withers, Greg Withers, Glen Coleman, Terry Oliver and James Sprools. Honorary pall bearers were Les Adams, Ronnie Nichols, Richard Bennett, Bob Adams and Dave Adams.
John Lee was born on Oct. 9, 1934, in Holcomb, Kan., to Tresmon and Josephine Williams Miller. He was the youngest of five kids. He attended school in Holcomb and graduated in 1952. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1953 to 1955 and the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He was stationed in Keflavik, Iceland for two years.
He married Marilee Hudspeth in Wichita, Kan., on March 17, 1958.
Mr. Miller farmed for most of his life in Finney County, Kan. He served on the Holcomb USD 363 school board and he helped construct the original baseball and softball fields in Holcomb, which led to the formation of the Holcomb Recreation Commission. He really enjoyed the years he spent collecting and showing antique Studebaker cars at shows across the country. He was always interested in the activities of his kids and he not only sponsored sports teams but also helped coach softball and baseball.
Mr. Miller was in partnership with his brothers in two farm implement dealerships and an agricultural fertilizer distributorship. He was a long-time member of the Eagles and he was of the Methodist faith. He relocated to Detroit, Texas in 1983 where he and his son farmed and ranched. He then partnered in a farm auction business, followed by a number of years as an independent truck owner/operator.
For the last year and a half as he battled his difficult journey with vascular dementia, he resided at Honey Grove Nursing Home and Paris Healthcare Center. The family offers sincere thanks to his medical team — Dr. Strom, Becky Norment, Bob Robertson, Dr. Burns, Dr. Ganguly and the Hospice-Plus support team. The compassionate care they showed eased the burden for him and the whole family. The care offered by the nursing homes from all the staff is immeasurable. We could not have survived without each of you. God bless you all.
He is survived by Marilee, his wife of more than 55 years; one son, Kyle Lee Miller, Reno; one daughter, Marla Jan George, Paris, Texas; six grandchildren, AJ George, Ardmore, Okla., Alesha Chapman, Mariel George, Tara George and Johnathan Miller, all of Paris, and Dalton Ginn, Idabel, Okla.; one great-grandson, Jett Ledger Wright of Paris; two brothers, Lawrence Miller of Holcomb, and Norris and Betty Miller of Enid, Okla.; one sister, Geneva and Ken Minter of Garden City; five nephews including Gary Miller (Susie), Tom Miller (Jacque) of Garden City, and Tim Miller (Becky) of Holcomb; nine nieces including Melissa Villaneauva (Leroy) and Rebecca Heiman (Jon) of Garden City; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Norman Miller; three sisters-in-law, Janell Alden, Barbara Miller and Dolores Miller; and one nephew, Wesley Miller.
The family would appreciate memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." — Philippians 3:14