In Memory of Gerald D, Miller

Gerald  D, Miller
Gerald D, Miller
Born: July 26, 1937
Died: March 16, 2017
Age: 79
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Gerald D, Miller
July 26, 1937 - March 16, 2017
From: Battle Creek, IA

Gerald D. Miller, age 79, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Rev. Randy D. Cormeny will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa, with Military Rites conducted by the Maple Valley Post No. 364 of the Battle Creek American Legion. A visitation will be held from 5:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Gerald D. Miller, son of Julius and Rosa (Greenwald) Miller was born on July 26, 1937, in Battle Creek, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Battle Creek. Gerald “Jerry” grew up on a farm near Midway. He attended country school and graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1955

Gerald enlisted in the US Air Force in 1955 after graduation. He was stationed in El Paso, Texas and honorably served his country for four years. He was honorably discharged in 1959.

He returned home to Battle Creek where he worked at the Skelly Station. On December 10, 1960, he married Doris Fouts at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Battle Creek. The couple made their home in Battle Creek and were blessed with two daughters, Cheri and Deb.  The couple operated Miller’s Skelly for many years and Gerald also worked and retired from Hayes Oil Company.

Gerald was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he served in many church positions. He also served as a volunteer fireman for the Battle Creek Fire Department for 24 years.

Jerry had a love for sports. He played softball and also was on a bowling league in his younger years. He later enjoyed attending the sporting events of all of his grandchildren. Jerry loved listening to his polka music and taking Doris dancing. He enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino, playing Bingo and looked forward to his weekly card game with the guys. Gerald enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters and their families, Cheri (Rick) Wiese of Galva, Iowa and Deb (Dean) Drey of Early, Iowa; seven grandchildren: Natasha (Jamie) Phillips, Travis Wiese and special friend Kelly Stanke, Brooke (Blake) Woodke, Jenna Wiese, Alyssa, Renae, and Megan Drey; great-grandchildren: Calid Armstrong, Rio and Vida Phillips and Blaire Woodke; brother Larry (Esther) Miller of Edinburg, Virginia; and several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife Doris, his parents, two sisters, Diana Miller and Jean Way; a sister-in-law, Donna Willer; three brothers-in-law, Melvin Willer, Dean Way, and Ronnie Fouts.

The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of Gerald.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  2 Timothy 4:7


2:30 p.m., Sunday
March 19, 2017
St. John's Lutheran Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Randy D. Cormeny


Rick Willer
Matt Grell
Randy Miller
Byron Way
Blake Woodke
Jamie Phillips

Honorary Pallbearers:
Dean Fick
Lonnie Bennigsdorf
Duane Harrison
Dick Hamann
Butch Dausel
Rod Hinojosa
Mark Albers
Battle Creek Fire Department


5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Cole Egger, Organist
Karen Toel, Vocalist

Congregational Hymns:
"I'm But A Stranger Here"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Amazing Grace"

Vocal Selection:
" On Eagle's Wings"


Mt. Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa

Military Rites By :
Maple Valley Post No. 364
of the American Legion.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 8:34 AM
“So sorry to hear about Gerald passing away. Will miss seeing him at Bingo.”
- Troy & Heidi Howard
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:28 PM
“To the Miller family - I am proud to have know Jerry for the many years in Battle Creek. Being a fellow fireman and friend. Best story is the one where he was driving the Amoco truck and he stopped at the grocery store and told me Ryan (my son) and Jori Goodman were sitting on the curb of the highway throwing worms onto the road watching truck run them over. He said "I thought you might want to know that". So that night at dinner I brought it up to Ryan and his eyes got huge! I never told him it was Jerry that squealed him out. Great guy and proud to call him a friend!”
- Rich Renfro
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:28 PM
“So sorry about your brothers passing. Elaine.”
- Elaine A Firm
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“I was saddened to see Jerry passed away. Always enjoyed chatting with him when we crossed paths. I remember back when he and Doris would come down to bingo at St Rose and meeting them at Ampride. They enjoyed life. We had some wonderful visits.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God;s Blessings.”
- Jerry Boger
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“Condolences to the Miller family. For years Jerry was our neighbor. A great guy who loved Battle Creek Bombers. Jerry loved to talk sports and family. He always greeted me with a smile and handshake. An outstanding person. Darrell Schumacher”
- Darrell Schumacher
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“So sorry to hear about Jerry... Yes, he worked so hard at therapy to keep MOVING... I enjoyed seeing him there and also sharing his polka music across the hall from him. and Y-Country's Sunday Morning Gold... I enjoyed his company here at Willow Dale.”
- Mareta Vermeys
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“So sorry for your loss! Jerry was wonderful guy! Great father grandfather a husband and friend to everyone! God bless you in this time of need!”
- Dede
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“Thinking of you and your family, our prayers are with you.”
- Patty Imming
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 9:04 PM
“Cheri, Deb and families. Jerry was a great, Dad, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, and a great friend. He will be missed by a lot of people. Jerry went to sleep and woke up with Doris and God. May God bless all of you. So sorry,”
- Byron Hartwig
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