Gordon Miller, 1932-2019
Published 1:00 am Saturday, May 4, 2019
Gordon Dean Miller, beloved husband, father and friend, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Prairie Senior Cottages in New Richland. He was the husband of Bethel Luverne (Born) Miller. They would have celebrated 57 years of marriage Sunday.
Gordon was born Nov. 16 1932, to Clara Lena (Trasamar) and Harry William Miller in Buffalo Center, Iowa. His family moved around southern Minnesota and northern Iowa before moving to Manchester.
After graduating high school, Gordon enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He often told the story of receiving draft paperwork from the Army while he was in boot camp. He served aboard the USS Oriskany (CV-34) during the Korean War.
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He married Bethel and they settled in Albert Lea, where he took a job at Wilson & Co.
When he wasn’t working, he could be found tending his garden or taking care of the lawn. He loved eating the vegetables from his garden or giving away the vegetables he couldn’t eat. It was always fruits and vegetables in the garden, as he was sure that flowers were a wasted effort. Vacations were spent hunting and fishing. He preferred walleye, but wouldn’t turn down a nice northern pike or crappie. He also enjoyed hunting pheasant and deer.
He was preceded in death by his parents Harry William Miller and Clara Lena (Trasamar) Miller; his siblings Vincent “Bud” Eugene Miller, Marlene Mae Tufvander, Edward Earnest Miller, Donald LeRoy Miller, Barry Allan Miller and Sheila La Faye Miller; and his favorite hunting partner, his dog, Shadow.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Bethel, of Albert Lea; his daughter, Lisa (Gregory) Guiza, of Lake Stevens, Washington; his son, Jeffrey (Elizabeth) Miller, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his grandchildren Gabriel Guiza, Danielle Guiza, Zachary Guiza and Colin Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews.
Services to be announced.