In Memory of Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller
Born: February 10, 1972
Died: April 24, 2018
Age: 46
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Andrew Miller
February 10, 1972 - April 24, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Andrew Miller, age 46, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at his home, of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church 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 at

Andrew “Andy” Miller, the son of Lloyd and Kathleen (Kinney) Miller, was born on February 10, 1972, in Sioux City, Iowa. Andy grew up in Ida Grove and graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1990 after achieving All State honors in Chorus and Speech.  He went on to continue his education at Wayne State College where he participated in choir, band, marching band and jazz band.

On August 29, 1992, Andy married the love of his life, Brenda Iosty, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. The couple settled in Andy’s great-grandparent’s house in Ida Grove, in which they created a home that was always open to their family and friends.   They were blessed with three children, Robinson, Samuel, and Caroline.

Andy was introduced to the art of bridge building at a young age, going out on his dad’s bridge sites on the weekends.  He worked summers on paving crews and eventually started full time on a bridge/culvert crew with Dixon Construction in 1995.  He then went on to work at Godbersen-Smith in 1999, becoming a Project Superintendent in 2001.   Andy continued a successful career until his forced early retirement in 2013.

Andy was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove. He served as a chairman for four years of the Maple River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited where he earned State recognition for enhancing the Chapter. He was an avid supporter of local conservation efforts.  Andy was active on the Ida Grove Ambulance Service as an EMT, Assistant Director, and Training Director.   Andy was a performer and board member at the Holstein Community Theater, appearing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Mary Poppins.  From a young age, Andy participated in the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Life Scout, and he enjoyed introducing the next generation to the love of Scouting. Andy continued his dedication to serving others through his gifts to the Iowa Donor Network.

Andy was at home in the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and taking his dogs for a run at the park. As a true renaissance man, Andy’s love for the outdoors was only surpassed by his love of music. He enjoyed classical to heavy metal, and everything in between.  Andy loved the trombone, and played the tuba in the German Band, and at Tuba Christmas.  He lent his vocal talents with many different people and groups in the community.  Andy loved enriching other people’s lives by sharing his knowledge of music, the outdoors, Scouting, and life saving with all. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Brenda Miller of Ida Grove, Iowa; children Robinson (Shannon) Miller, Samuel Miller, and Caroline (Nate) Homan, all of Ida Grove, Iowa; grandson Louis Miller; father Lloyd (Carole) Miller of Tracy, Minnesota; brothers Michael Miller of Chicago, Illinois and Lucas (Tiffany) Miller of Spirit Lake, Iowa; sister Stephanie Miller of Issaquah, Washington; nephews Maxwell and Ian Miller; and extended family and friends.

Andy was preceded in death by his mother Kathy Miller; infant brother William; his maternal grandparents Doc and Audrey Kinney; and his paternal grandparents Julius and Elsie Miller.



2:00 p.m., Saturday
April 28, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido


Andrew TerWee
Jim Meier
Ray Keiser
Lawrence Tunks
Todd Irgens
Thad Eason

Honorary Pallbearers
Ida Grove Ambulance Service
Maple River Duck's Unlimited Chapter


4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday
April 27, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


"How Great Thou Art"
"Wie Lieblich Sind Deine Wohnungen"
"One Day At A Time"
"Come Unto Me"
"The Lord's Prayer"
"Amazing Grace"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, May 7, 2018 at 11:47 AM
“Sam, sorry to hear of your loss. Remember God is with you akways. ”
- Rev.s Norman and Cindi Prather and Lane Prather
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 9:27 PM
“I will remember every practice and performance we had for Mary Poppins!! He made a great dad as George Banks. ”
- Jake Breyfogle
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 2:33 PM
“A true friend of Conservation and a genuine great guy. A class act even facing this horrific disease. Will miss Wednesday night's next fall.”
- Jake Jacobson
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:13 AM
“A good man down, but he fought hard right up to the end. Tough...very tough loss to battle through. Thinking of you all. God's speed, Andy Miller !!! ”
- Mike Scott
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:13 AM
“Luke, Stephanie, Max and Ian,
Our sympathy to you on the passing of your brother/uncle Andrew. So sorry to hear this.
May God's comfort be with you!
"He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8
Corky & Sherri Koerselman”
- Corky Koerselman
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:13 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Ardeth Simmons
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:14 AM
“Sympathy, Prayers and Hugs to the family of Andy. Shirley Ruser
- Shirley Ruser
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:14 AM
“Stephanie - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time.”
- Kathie Malcher
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:59 PM
“Andrew was such a wonderful man. I have always looked up to him and Brenda. The times I spent with this family are some of my favorite memories. Always lots of laughs and love came from him. He will be sorely missed by the many lives he touched.”
- Alicia and Ron Newman
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:59 PM
“sorry to hear of the loss of your brother you have are sympathy”
- bob and rosie carmichael
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:59 PM
“You have our simpathy”
- Ernie and Marcy Bugge
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:41 PM
“My heart goes out to Brenda and the kids. I didn't know Andy long but he sure had a way of growing into my heart. He always found a way to make you laugh no matter what. He will be truly missed.”
- Megan Ackerman
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:41 PM
“My deepest sympathy to you all! He was a generous and caring man! May you all find peace in your hearts as you carry on. He will be missed my so many. I’m sorry to miss the services you all are in my thoughts and prayers! The DeVine Family”
- Christin DeVine
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