Maurice Eugene Miller (September 21, 2008)

Maurice Eugene Miller was born on June 22, 1930, near Hancock, Iowa, the son of Glenn and Hazel (Taylor) Miller. He graduated from Oakland (Iowa) High School in 1947 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

On January 31, 1953, he married Hazel Jacobsen in Avoca, Iowa. They lived on her family farm east of Hancock for over 50 years. His lifelong passion for trains, as well as his hobby of model railroading, grew while on the farm along the Rock Island / Iowa Interstate Railroad.

Maurice was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca, the Scheffler Hildebrand American Legion Post #720 in Hancock, a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and various model railroading clubs.

Along with farming, Maurice was employed with the ASCS and the Iowa Crop Association, as well as his personal business of Railand Hobbies.

Maurice Eugene Miller died Sunday, September 21, 2008, at Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, having reached the age of 78 years, 2 months, and 30 days.

Preceding Maurice in death were his parents, and one sister, Barbara Bird. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Hazel; five daughters, Julie (Ken) Young of Grinnell, Iowa, Janis (David) Hannasch of Atlantic, Iowa, Janel (Kirk) Tyler of West Des Moines, Iowa, Loyla (Dean) Renfeld of Sioux City, Iowa, and Loree (TJ) Eddleman of Lake Kiowa, Texas; one son, Lonny (Liz) Miller of Gretna, Nebraska; two sisters, Doris (Don) Eyler of Carson, Iowa, and Gloria (Gene) Gleaves of Oakland, Iowa; one brother, Jeep (Ruth) Miller of Oakland, Iowa; ten grandchildren, Jill Hannasch, Jessica and Jay Tyler, Aaron, Laura and Jonathan Miller, Derek and Kristen Renfeld, Logan and Jamie Eddleman; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 26, 2008, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca, Iowa, with Pastor Dennis Reich and Pastor Dave Krueger officiating. Shirley Pattee and Doug Clark served as musicians. Honorary casket bearers were Lowell & Pat Thomas, Don & Fay Scheffler, John & Betty Oehlertz, Larry McDermott, Louie Harder, Paul Harder, and Eric Sorensen. Active bearers were Jessica Tyler, Aaron Miller, Jay Tyler, Derek Renfeld, Jill Hannasch, Laura Miller, Kristen Renfeld, Logan Eddleman, Jonathan Miller, and Jamie Eddleman. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Hancock, Iowa, with the Scheffler Hildebrand A.L. Post #720 of Hancock providing Military Rites. Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements.

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6 Responses to Maurice Eugene Miller (September 21, 2008)

  1. Jennifer Krysa says:

    Hazel and family, I was so sorry to hear about Buzz. I thought about him often. I really enjoyed working with him in therapy, he was such a hard worker and always wanted to do more. I have never met such a close and dedicated family, you are all wonderful people and it was a pleasure to get to know all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jennifer, Manorcare physical therapy

  2. David Voss says:

    Buzz was present for the veteran services of my father at Oak Hill Cemetery in 2003. Thanks to the Miller family for service to fellow veteran and country. God bless the family in your loss.

  3. Rik & Ruth Anderson says:

    Hazel and Family, We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Maurice. Ruth really enjoyed working for him at the Hobby Shop in Atlantic, and I really enjoyed visiting with him about trains and modeling. He was a prince of a man, without a mean bone in his body. Rik & Ruth

  4. Jenny Pertzborn says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that you will be able to find some peace at this time of loss. The Kullbom Family

  5. Vaughn Nelsen says:

    Sorry for your loss.

    Celebrate his life with memories of things past!

  6. Marty Blubaugh says:

    My heart is with the extended Miller family. Though it has been many years since I saw Buzz, I have fond memories from family reunions and family visits.

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