Don G. Miller age 85 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be at the St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington with military rites by the Hartington VFW Post #2583. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3-6:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 5:30 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington, NE. Visitation will continue on Monday one hour prior to services at church.
Pallbearers will be Don's grandchildren, Zachary Miller, Abigail Miller, Molly Miller, Rebecca Miller, Chelsea Kropp Wachter, Andrew Kropp, Noah Miller, Alissa Miller, Brianna Miller, Mason Miller, Chad Miller, and Nick Miller.
Donald George Miller was born on June 20, 1929 in Hartington to Glen R. and Myrtle Marie (Christensen) Miller. Don went to the Pleasant Dale country school and graduated from Hartington Public School in 1947. He attended Wayne State College for one year before he joined the U.S. Navy, serving for 18 months. Don moved back to Hartington where he farmed and sold crop insurance. He married Darlene Arens on April 22, 1953 in Hartington. He and Darlene lived on a farm southwest of Hartington. Don then worked for Lawrence Rossiter Insurance Agency where he sold insurance and helped develop the area owned by his in-laws Leo and Blanche Arens which is the current location of the nursing home, health clinic, new hotel, and family housing area. He then began working with Dave Ewing at Mid-West Land Co., selling and doing appraisals of real estate in the area. He then formed Don Miller Land Company which has been operating for over 50 years in the area. Don fully retired at the age of 72 from his Company which is now run by son, Chris.
Don was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and life member of the Hartington VFW Post 5283. He served 16 years as a rural school board member and two terms on the Hartington High School Board during the 1970's when the present school was built. Don was a member of the Hartington Chamber of Commerce where he received the "Outstanding Citizen Award in 1989. He helped establish the Hartington Economic Development Corporation and was instrumental in securing Prince Hydraulics Manufacturing move to Hartington in 1972. He belonged to numerous Real Estate organizations and was President of the State Realtors Farm and Land Brokers Institute, where he received the "REALTOR of the Year" Award in 1978. He was a very active citizen and advocate of Hartington and the business community.
Don enjoyed his family, watching his grandkids activities, golfing, bowling league and his winter vacations with his wife Darlene, in Mesa, Arizona.
Don is survived by his wife, Darlene Miller of Hartington; four children and their spouses, Kevin and Denise Miller of Wayne, NE, Kim and Bob Kropp of Papillion, NE, Chris and Rhonda Miller of Hartington, Doug and Cindy Miller of Hartington; 12 grandchildren, one sister Sally and husband Bart Bredenkamp of Niceville, FL; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Myrtle Miller, brother Gerald Miller; nephew Rich Miller.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family. God Bless.
Ray Keiser & Family
Our sincere sympathy is extended to you Darlene and your family.
We are thinking of you and you are in our prayers.
Daryle and Linda
A person's life should be measured on the impact it has on other people's lives; and if this is the case, then Mr. Miller will be missed by many and remembered by all. He was a great and impressive Son of Hartington. Thank you to his family for sharing him during all his years of service.
Carolyn Forinash Kirstine
Darlene, Sally, Bart and all your families
are in my thoughts and prayers as I remember sharing good times together in Hartington. May all your good memories and support from family and friends give you some peace.
Sue Carkoski Tempero
Our yearly visits to Hartington will not be the same without a talk with Don. He will be missed. Our Prayers and thoughts are with you.
Wally & Sharon Lindemann Hoblit
So sorry on the loss of your husband Don. May God give you strength at this sad time.
Darlene Hausmann Reuss
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