Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph Miller, 92, of Lenox, entered into eternal rest January 3, 2013 in Corning. Services will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lenox. Visitation will be held at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox on Friday, January 4, 2013 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. A Rosary Service will be held at 7:00 PM. Interment will be held in the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of SW Iowa. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.
Joseph Eugene "Gene" Miller was born on May 2, 1920 at the family farm northwest of Sharpsburg, Iowa to Joseph and Mary (Sapp) Miller. He attended Grove #9 Country School and graduated from Sharpsburg High School with the Class of 1937.
On June 4, 1944, Gene married Rose Novak. This union was blessed with seven children: Stephen (Sharon) Miller of Wesley Chapel, Florida; Catherine (Howard) Yarnell of Maryville, Tennessee; David (Rita) Miller of Lenox, Iowa; Frances Young of Lakeland, Tennessee; Margaret (Pat) Murphy of Des Moines, Iowa; Nancy (Rick) Long of Sycamore, Illinois; and Alan (Deb) Miller of Lenox, Iowa; Eighteen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren survive.
Gene worked for the U.S. Postal Service delivering mail in Sharpsburg, Lenox, and Creston besides farming, raising dairy cows, mowing the cemetery, and plowing gardens to support his family. Music was very important to him and he had a natural talent, teaching, himself to play several instruments by ear. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lenox, IA.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister Helen in infancy; a brother Raymond Miller; Rose, his wife of fifty years; a granddaughter, Julie Young; and a granddaughter-in-law, Debbie Miller.
We will forever hold the precious memories of Gene in our hearts.
May you be at peace in God's loving care.