Cletus A. Miller, 82, of Sumner, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics of complications from a fall at his home.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Wilson Grove Cemetery in Sumner with military rites by Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner. Friends may call from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or Thomas E. Woods Post #223, both in Sumner.
Cletus Anton Miller, son of Ernest and Rena Knief Miller, was born June 24, 1930, on the family farm north of Sumner, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. He received his education in the country schools and graduated from Sumner High School in 1949. Cletus saw action with the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War. On June 16, 1956, he was united in marriage with Darlene Niemeyer at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sumner. Cletus farmed the family farm, also known as “Miller’s Mile” for his entire working life. He was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, a lifetime member of Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner, and served several terms on the Sumner School Board, which included some of the time as president. Among his many pleasures were playing cards, and attending farm sales, auctions, and flea markets.
He is survived by seven children, Mark (Lisa) Miller of Sumner, Daniel (Elizabeth) Miller of Purcellville, Virginia, Susan (Phil) Niedert of Sumner, Sylvia (Tom) Schuh of Edgar, Wisconsin, and Karla (David) Blume, Kim (Dan) Ellis, and James (Sara) Miller, all of Sumner; twenty-three grandchildren, Eric and Kristen Ziegler, Kaitlyn Miller, Zachary, Alexandria, and Logan Miller, Megan (Ben) Carlson, Molly Niedert (Jason Dodd), Danielle, Brittney, Ashley, Chelsea, Tommy, and Hannah Schuh, Ben Anderson, Ashle (Brandon) Dittmer, Klint Blume, Kerri Jo, Jodi, and Kody Miller, Emma and Erin Peterson, and Levi Miller; two great grandchildren, Anton and Athena Dittmer; two brothers, Leslie O. (Ruth) Miller of New Hampton and J. Leo Miller of Orlando, Florida; and one sister, Vera Winter of Waucoma.
Cletus was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, who died February 16, 2007; his parents; two brothers, Elmer and Ray; one sister, Lorinda Meyer; and four siblings who died in infancy.