Duane Miller

Duane R. Miller, 83, of Albert City died on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Evangelical Free Church in Albert City. Burial followed in Fairfield Township Cemetery in Albert City. Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City was in charge of the arrangements. 

Duane Richard Miller, the son of Vernon and Dora (Salveson) Miller was born in Sioux Rapids on May 8, 1934. He lived his entire life in the Albert City vicinity on the farm until his retirement in 2012. He received his education in Albert City graduating from Albert City High School. While in high school, he was active in sports, playing football and basketball. He loved music and sang in the school and church choirs for many years and the community choir of Easter Cantatas. As a youth, he attended Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albert City where he was confirmed as a young teen.

Duane was united in marriage to Nancy Warnock at First Baptist Church in Storm Lake on June 20, 1954 and this marriage was blessed with three children: Kim, Jill and Sheila. The kids all grew up on the farm and learned to help their dad with chores, livestock, feeding cattle and hogs, baling hay and walking beans. In 2015, the Miller family celebrated their farm being designated a Century Farm at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The farm was established in 1915 by his grandfather, Cliff B. Miller.

Duane was a member of Albert City Evangelical Free Church where he had served on the church board as a trustee. He also served on Albert City Elevator Board for nine years, was active in the Threshermen’s and participated in Pork Producers. Duane enjoyed water skiing, boating and motorcycle riding on his Honda and Harley over the years. He especially enjoyed watching his son, Kim, compete in motocross competitions where he was one of Iowa’s top riders. Duane loved to drive and he and Nancy traveled throughout the United States by car as well as trips to Mexico City, Europe and Canada (from Vancouver to Quebec), and by train to Niagara Falls and Quebec. They also spent five years as “snowbirds” in Casa Grande, Ariz. Duane loved to help others and was very generous with his time and money to those who needed help in various ways, including physically and financially. His capacity to love was most evident in his love for his Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved and cherished his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by celebrating with them on their birthdays and celebrating Christmas together as a family. Duane and Nancy have made their home in Storm Lake since 2012.

His life is cherished and honored by his family which included his wife of 63 years, Nancy, of Storm Lake; children: Jill (Ken) DeYoung of Laurens; Sheila (John) Arnot of Winterset; daughter-in-law, Colleen Miller of Albert City; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Heath (Shaylyn) DeYoung and their children: Josiah, Caitlyn, Addie, Keegan and Taelyn of Pocahontas; Mark (Kari) DeYoung and their children: Eli, Kanen and Jase of Huxley; Nicholas Miller of Albert City; Rachel (Lieven) DeGeyndt of Washington, D.C.; Jonah Arnot of Portland, Ore.; Kaila (Scott) Mowry of Des Moines; two sisters: Carolyn Edwardson of Boca Raton, Fla.; and Pat (Mark) Vance of Costa Mesa, Ariz.; other extended family and many friends he made throughout his lifetime.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Dora; his beloved son, Kim; grandparents: Clifford and Dora Miller; maternal grandmother, Lava Salveson; in-laws: Oliver and Marian Warnock, Donna Dwyer and Michael Warnock; and cousin, Jerry Smith.