Published On: Wed, Oct 15th, 2014

Obituary – Donald G. Miller

Miller, Don

HARTINGTON — Don G. Miller, 85, Hartington, died Oct. 10, 2014, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington.

Visitation and a Vigil Service were Sunday at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, and continued Monday one hour prior to services at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 13, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating.

Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington, with military rites by the Hartington VFW Post #5283.

Pallbearers were Don’s grandchildren, Zachary Miller, Abigail Miller, Molly Miller, Rebecca Miller, Chelsea Kropp Wachter, Andrew Kropp, Noah Miller, Alissa Miller, Brianna Miller, Mason Miller, Chad Miller and Nick Miller.

Donald George Miller was born June 20, 1929, in Hartington, to Glen R. and Myrtle Marie (Christensen) Miller. Don went to the Pleasant Dale country school and graduated from Hartington Public School in 1947. He attended Wayne State College for one year before he joined the U.S. Navy, serving for 18 months. Don moved back to Hartington where he farmed and sold crop insurance. He married Darlene Arens April 22, 1953, in Hartington. He and Darlene lived on a farm southwest of Hartington. Don then worked for Lawrence Rossiter Insurance Agency, where he sold insurance and helped develop the area owned by his in-laws, Leo and Blanche Arens, which is the current location of the nursing home, health clinic, new hotel and family housing area. He then began working with Dave Ewing at Mid-West Land Co., selling and doing appraisals of real estate in the area. He then formed Don Miller Land Company, which has been operating for over 50 years in the area. Don fully retired at the age of 72 from his company, now run by son, Chris.

Don was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and was a life member of the Hartington VFW Post #5283. He served 16 years as a rural school board member and two terms on the Hartington High School Board during the 1970s when the present school was built. Don was a member of the Hartington Chamber of Commerce, where he received the “Outstanding Citizen Award” in 1989. He helped establish the Hartington Economic Development Corporation and was instrumental in securing Prince Hydraulics Manufacturing’s move to Hartington in 1972. He belonged to numerous Real Estate organizations and was President of the State Realtors Farm and Land Brokers Institute, where he received the “REALTOR of the Year” Award in 1978. He was a very active citizen and advocate of Hartington and the business community.

Don enjoyed his family, watching his grandkids’ activities, golfing, bowling league and his winter vacations with his wife, Darlene, in Mesa, Ariz.

Don is survived by his wife, Darlene Miller, Hartington; four children and their spouses, Kevin and Denise Miller, Wayne; Kim and Bob Kropp, Papillion; Chris and Rhonda Miller, Hartington; and Doug and Cindy Miller, Hartington; 12 grandchildren; one sister, Sally, and husband, Bart Bredenkamp, Niceville, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Myrtle Miller; brother, Gerald Miller; and nephew, Ritch Miller.