In memory of

Michael T. Miller

March 5, 1947 - July 31, 2017
From: Ute, IA | Originally: Odebolt, IA
Michael T. Miller

Michael T. Miller

Born: March 5, 1947
Died: July 31, 2017
Age: 70
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     Michael Treft Miller, age 70, of Ute, IA, formerly of Odebolt, IA, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017, in the ER at Burgess Health Center, Onawa, IA.

     Michael was born on March 5, 1947, in Ida Grove, IA, to Myron and Elnora (Treft) Miller.  He lived on a farm north of Kiron as he was growing up and graduated from Odebolt-Arthur High School with the class of 1966.  Following graduation he was inducted into the United States Navy serving in the Seabees, from January 19, 1969 through December 17, 1973 when he transferred to the Naval Reserve. The Seabees moto is “We Build – We Fight”. He earned the rank of SW3 when he was honorably discharged.

     Michael farmed for several years before starting his own business, MilFAB, a blacksmithing and metal fabrication business.  He retired in 2012 which allowed him to begin his favorite hobby, taking motorcycle trips around the country.  He worked part-time for the coop during their busy season, spring and fall, and enjoyed cutting and splitting wood.  He took an interest in maintaining an old cemetery that was near his home and would spend many hours cleaning and fixing it up.  He was an active member of the Soldier Valley Chapter American Legion Riders Post 66 and Charter Oak American Legion.  He will be missed by many who knew and loved him.

     Survivors include his children: April Roeder of Odebolt and Wendy (Rusty) Cummins of Seattle, WA; step-children: Heidi (Ryan) Crawford of Manning and Heath (Amy) Winsor of Onawa; grandchildren: Hayden and Hannah Roeder; Caine Kinnetz, Masey (Nick) Jordan, and Anthony Dow; step-grandchildren: Katelyn and Tanner Crawford; and Patience Winsor; special friend Deb Potts of Denison; his brothers: Jimmy (Marilyn) Miller of St. Charles, MO, Merle (Deb) Miller of Odebolt, and Kyle (Vickie) Miller of Kiron, IA; his sisters: Jeannine (Ken) Lamb of Olsburg, KS and Hazel (Dave) Peterson of Zearing, IA; sister-in-law Janie Miller of Kiron; many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

     Michael was preceded in death by his parents and brother Walter.


Visitation Celebrating the Life of
Michael T. Miller
4:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 9:31 AM
“Sending deepest sympathies to Mike's family. In recent years Mike attended several of the Class of 1966 reunions. I had the opportunity to work with him for our 45th reunion when he so graciously offered to prepare our meal of pitchfork steak which most of us knew nothing about. We will be talking about those delicious steaks for many years! He worked hard and all he would take in return was his costs. I heard Mike say several times how much he enjoyed our classmates and we were glad to have stayed in touch in this way. We will miss him at our future get-togethers. I'm so sorry for your loss.”
- Jean Boerner
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 3:56 PM
“I'm really saddened to hear that Mike is gone. He was a friend of mine and a high school classmate. I enjoyed talking with him last June at the all-school reunion.”
- Paul Ross
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 9:42 AM
“I had the pleasure of working with Mike for a few years . He was a hard worker and could always find a restaurant that only the locals new about. You have my sympathy . May he rest in pease ”
- Richard Sorensen
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 9:42 AM
“My sympathies to Mike's family. I was also a classmate who was wowed by the pitchfork fondue steaks and best-ever potatoes Mike prepared for us at a class reunion at Jan's. ”
- Darla Siebrecht
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:34 AM
“Sad news when you here of a classmate's passing. Mike and I were involved in 4-H together for several years. He also worked for me for a period of time when I was doing custom spraying. I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with Mike during the 2017 Creek Days. I know all of his classmates that attended our reunion at Jan's home will never forget the awesome meal he cooked for us RIP buddy.”
- David Streed
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:34 AM
“Good beer...good laughs....good times.
R.I.P. my goofy friend”
- Roseann Mordhorst
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:34 AM
“Wendy and April I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you both and to Caine also. Love you
Claudia Mckim”
- Claudia
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:34 AM
“Jeannine and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathy are with you all.”
- Mary (Mizer) Klindt
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:34 AM
“My deepest condolences to your family. May you always remember all the great memories you had. Our thoughts are with you. Sincerely Veronica and family. ”
- Veronica
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:34 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We were glad we got to see Mike but sad it had to be at a funeral at my fathers passing away. Charles Noll. ”
- Jim & Shirley Motto
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 8:03 AM
“I am sorry to hear that Mike has passed, please accept my condolences. Mike and I were classmates at Odebolt-Arthur Community School. It was so nice to see him at our class reunion a few years ago - he served up the best potatoes that I have ever had! He is in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Sara Jane Christiansen Taylor
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