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Mark Steven Miller

Mark Steven Miller, age 51 of Burnsville and formerly of Plato, died Friday, April 8, 2005.

He was born Aug. 10, 1953 in Glencoe, the son of Orlin and Adeline (Graupmann) Miller. Mark was baptized Sept. 6, 1953 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato by the Rev. R. A. Ritz, and later confirmed into the faith at the same church May 21, 1967 by the Rev. Gary Bratz.

Mark attended grade school in Plato, and graduated from Glencoe High School in 1971. He went on to attend the University of Minnesota.

An avid chess player, Mark had earned the title of “expert level.” He competed in both state and national tournaments and enjoyed teaching elementary students in the Twin Cities area to play, as well.

Mark held St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato close to his heart as his home church, but also attended various churches while living in the Twin Cities area, most recently St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Orlin Miller; as well as his grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

He is survived by his mother, Adeline Miller of Glencoe; sister Cheryl Rich (husband Carl) of the Philippines; brothers Gary Miller (wife Noelle) of the Philippines, Grant Miller (wife Debra) of Glencoe; Paul Miller of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and John Miller of Minneapolis; nieces and nephews David Rich, Joanna Miller, Jonathan Miller, Hannah Miller, Suzanna Miller, Rebecca Swedberg (husband Josh), Molly Miller, Lynn Miller, and Jill Miller; aunt Emily Graupmann of Hutchinson; uncle Richard Plunkett of Rochester; as well as many cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were Friday, April 15 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato with the Rev. Bruce Laabs officiating. Organist was Kay Gueningsman and the congregational hymns were “What A Friend We Have in Jesus,” “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” and “Abide With Me.” Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday evening, April 14 at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, and also one hour prior to the funeral service at the church Friday.

Serving as casket bearers were Grant Miller, Paul Miller, John Miller, Carl Rich, and Gerald Graupmann. Honorary casket bearer was Gary Miller.

Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.

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