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11/5/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Galen E. Miller
Galen E. Miller
Funeral services for Galen Miller, 89, of Greene, were held Monday, Nov. 5, at The First Presbyterian Church in Greene, with Pastor John Hanna officiating.

Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.

Visitation and a scripture service, were held Sunday, Nov. 4, at Reid's Funeral Chapel.

Galen was born Nov. 2, 1923, the son of Zoa Grace Miller and George Washington Miller and died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at North Iowa Mercy Health Center in Mason City.

Following his father's death in 1931, he farmed in Bennezette Township, Butler County and graduated from Greene High School in 1940. Upon graduation, he at-tended Iowa State University on a baseball scholarship before returning home to run the family farm.

Galen loved playing fast-pitch softball and played several years for the Barth Chev-rolet team. He was a great shortstop with an amazing arm and loved to reminisce about his playing days and his teammates. That amazing arm earned him offers to play pro-fessional ball, which he turned down be-cause of his responsibility running the fam-ily farm and supporting his family.

Galen met Loretta Janssen in 1953 while both attended Rural Youth. They married on Dec. 14, 1954, in Hampton. They became the parents of four children while farming together until Galen's retirement in 2008. During these years Galen and Loretta were avid bowlers, competing in leagues in Hampton and Greene.

He loved and encouraged his children to be involved in many activities and always made the time to attend their school events without fail. He was never too tired or too busy for a game of catch in the yard.

He continued to enjoy attending sports and other school events of his grandchil-dren, becoming an outstanding role model to yet another generation. Galen always modeled hard work, dedication and honesty while displaying a kind, gentle, humble spirit.

He had an unending supply of patience for which we were all grateful. He always could be counted on for a silly joke or lighthearted comment and had a playful demeanor that will live on in the many memories and sto-ries of life with his family.

He demonstrated his strength and unwill-ingness to give up right up until his final breath.

Galen was a real estate broker, first with Miller Real Estate, later Miller and Marsh Real Estate and finally with Miller & Miller Real Estate. He was a member of the Greene School Board and also served as president. Galen was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church while serving as an elder and trustee.

Galen is survived by his loving wife, Loretta of Greene; a daughter, Pam (Kent) Kennedy of DeWitt; a son, Mark (Patti) Miller of Charles City; and a daughter, Sandy (Jeff) Mouw of Greene; 10 grand-children, Laura Kennedy, Kathleen (Ryan) Kedley, Andrew Kennedy, Tricia Miller, Eric (fiancé Anna Feller) Miller, Emily Miller, Sara Mouw, David Mouw, Leah Mouw and Daniel Mouw; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, George, in 1932; his mother, Zoa, in 1982; a daughter, Laurie Ann, in 1965; a brother, Duane, and his wife, Marian Miller; and a sister, Burneile and her husband, Duane Wylam.

Those planning an expression of sympa-thy may direct memorials to the Galen Miller Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636

Arrangements have been entrusted to Reid's Funeral Chapel, 519 N. First St. Greene; 641-823-4457; www.reidsfuneral chapel.com.

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