James Robert Miller, age 76, of Dassel, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
He was born April 13, 1941, in Hutchinson, the son of Ambrose and Margaret (Chekal) Miller.
James was lifetime member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and later confirmed.
He grew up helping with field work and farm chores. Jim attended Dassel High School, graduated in 1959, and upon graduating from high school, continued to work on the family farm.
He was united in marriage to Sharon Bratz Aug. 11, 1962, at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. The couple lived and farmed on the original Miller family homestead, and farmed near Dassel Jim’s whole life.
Jim and Sharon had just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
Farming was one love of Jim’s life, along with that of his family and friends. He enjoyed some travel, but always was anxious to get home to check on the farming operation.
Jim would often be found cheering on his grandchildren at their events, from sporting events to choir concerts and plays. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren meet many milestones growing up.
He was a member of the Lions Club, and a member of the Maple Lake Cenex Board.
Jim was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and will be missed by his large family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Miller of Dassel; son, Daniel (Jennifer) Miller of Dassel; daughter-in-law, Cindy Miller of Dassel; seven grandchildren: Holton Miller, Shelby Miller, Gannon Miller, Gina Miller, Peyton Miller, James Miller, and Mac Miller; and two step-grandchildren, Marilyn Saulsbury and Mathis Saulsbury.
Jim is also survived by a niece, Kimberly (Joe) Deutch of Roseville; and a nephew, Kurt (Barb) Shimek of St. Paul.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Torey Miller; a sister, Kate Clark; and a brother-in-law, Ray Clark.
The funeral service took place Monday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Laurie O’Shea officiating. Interment was at the Steelesville Cemetery in rural Dassel.
There was visitation Sunday evening, Aug. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; as well as one hour visitation Monday morning at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.