Ronald Nicholas Miller, age 68, of Howard Lake, passed away at home Saturday, March 28, 2020, after a battle with leukemia.
He was born July 10, 1951, in Richmond, to Paul and Leona (Thiesen) Miller. Ron was baptized and confirmed at Assumption Catholic Church of Eden Valley.
Ron grew up in Eden Valley, and graduated from Eden Valley-Watkins High School in 1969. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force, and served from 1969 to 1973, spending a year in Ubon, Thailand.
Ron married his high school sweetheart, Jean Marie Booth, July 17, 1971, at the Church of Saint Anthony in Watkins.
Following his time in the Air Force, Ron took a job with the US Postal Service. He worked in Minneapolis, Golden Valley, and Buffalo, before becoming postmaster at the Howard Lake Post Office in 1981, until his retirement March 31, 2005.
Ron was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, who generously gave his time and energy to support his family and loved ones. He had a very kind heart and continuously put others before himself.
Ron’s sense of humor kept his family and friends amused. He brought joy to all who knew him.
It is hard to describe such an incredible man, nothing can compare to the love he gave, the memories he made, and the feelings his loved ones are left with in their hearts.
Ron enjoyed traveling, making bird houses with the grandkids, collecting license plates, and having coffee with friends. He was known for his organizational skills both in and out of the office.
Ron was a member of the Howard Lake American Legion Post 145, and St Mary’s Catholic Church of Waverly.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jean; children Jeff (Mary) Miller of Cokato, Steve (Lorie) Miller of Wright City, MO, and Michelle (Cullen) Czech of Big Lake; grandchildren Morgan Czech, Grant Czech, Sawyer Miller, and Sydney Miller; step grandchildren Cayla (Matt) Grates, Colton Czech, Kyle Hennkens, and Reese Hennkens; and step great-granddaughter Charlotte Wickland.
Ron is further survived by his mother, Leona Miller; siblings Mary Weeres, Linda (Joe) Mehr, Bruce (Joey) Miller, Brian (Linda) Miller, Bob (Linda) Miller, and Gary Miller; nieces; nephews; extended family; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Miller; a brother, Stephen Miller; and brother-in-law Ed Pilantz.
The family will always be grateful to Brian Miller for being Ron’s bone marrow donor. A heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses at Monticello Cancer Center, North Memorial A6, and Mayo Clinic.
Services are pending with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Howard Lake.