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Dale W. Miller

Aug 23, 2017

November 24, 1935 - August 21, 2017

Dale W. Miller, 81, of Mt. Pleasant and formerly of rural Fairfield, died on Monday, August 21, 2017, at the Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Rodger Moyer and Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Mt. Pleasant. Friends may call after 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Murphy Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant where the family will be present from 5 to 8 that evening. Memorials may be directed to the Bible Missionary Church in his memory.


Online condolences may be sent to the family at Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant is handling the arrangements.


Dale was born on November 24, 1935, in rural Danville, the son of Wesley and Alice Rogers Miller. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1954. Dale was united in marriage to Merna R. Lee on February 24, 1956. They celebrated 61 years of marriage.


Dale was a farmer and sold real estate with Davis and Palmer and later with Lefty's Real Estate both of Fairfield. He sold crop insurance for Farmer's Mutual Hail Insurance Company for over 40 years. He organized the Jefferson County Chapter of the Iowa Soybean Association and served as its president for eight years. He was a member of the Jefferson County Pork Producers and the Farm Bureau for many years. Dale sold seed corn for Lynks and Mycogen. Dale had a pilot's license and enjoyed flying. He was in the Army Reserves.


He was a charter member of the Mt. Pleasant Bible Missionary Church. At the local church, he taught Sunday School beginning as a teenager, until the age of 80. He served as a trustee, and a worship service song leader for over 50 years. He was the district treasurer of the Iowa-Illinois District for 47 years, served 56 years on the District Advisory Board, and 40 years on the General Advisory Board. He also served on the Bible Missionary Institute Board and the Beulah Mt. Christian Academy Board for many years, and as the Secretary of Church Extension for 15 years.


Dale enjoyed reading and farming, always endeavoring to improve each farm he either rented or purchased. He thoroughly enjoyed his children, always taking them with him whenever possible, also his grandchildren and great grands. He loved his little children and could often be seen carrying an infant in his arms. He also loved to share his faith with others, both by word and example.


He is survived by his wife, Merna of Mt. Pleasant; his children: Merlin (Kim) Miller, Mark Miller, DeRene (Tom) Bromell, all of Fairfield, Jolaine (David) Comfort of Conway, Mo.; eight grandchildren: Eric (Melissa) Miller, Ashley (Logan) Schaefer, Brandin, Aspen and Charlin Bromell, Kedrick, Keltin and Kyrom Comfort; six great-grandchildren: Colter, JJ and Rose Schaefer, Piper, Blake and Brenna Miller; many nieces, nephews and cousins; three sisters: Anna Myers, Judy Gaylord both of New London and Joan Hesseltine of Tullahoma, Tenn.; and three brothers: Larry Miller of Rock Island, John Miller of New London and Jerry Miller of Connersville, Ind.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth Seager; two brothers, Herbert Miller and an infant brother Wilbur; and several nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles.

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