In loving memory of

Raymond William "Ray" Miller
October 1, 1928 - January 7, 2019

Raymond W. "Ray" Miller, 90, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, January 7, 2019, at his home in Monmouth, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for One Last Party® in remembrance of "Ray" on Friday, January 11, 2019, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Raymond William Miller was born on October 1, 1928 in Moravia, Iowa, to William and Rose (Byers) Miller. His early years were spent in Iowa, and then his family moved to Colorado where he attended school. Upon his father's death, his family returned to Iowa. He married Lela Jane Carr Houston on August 30, 1958 in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

"Ray" had worked as an operator lineman for many years for IBEW out of Rock Island from 1968 until retirement and also during his working years he served as the Monmouth Town Marshall for several years. In retirement, he worked for the Franzen Family Used Tractors and the City of Monmouth. He enjoyed mowing the lawn and being outdoors, taking care his dog Buttons as well as helping other people with their dogs, helping out friends and family when needed, and scratch off lottery tickets.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Mike Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Christy (Brian) Schmidt of Andrew, IA; step-children, Kenny Houston of Monmouth, IA, and Sandy Christoffersen of Monmouth, IA; 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Orville Miller of Cummings, IA, and Wilfred "Red" Miller of Omaha, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents, half-siblings Edgar, Bill, Charles, Alice, Dorothy and one in infancy, brothers James, Willard and Wilbur, and his wife Jane on February 2, 2002.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Raymond W. "Ray" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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Bill & Julie Kramer wrote on Jan 15, 2019:

"Ray will be missed. Always had a smile and a story! Our thoughts are with his family during this time."

Lee Templeton wrote on Jan 12, 2019:

"Ray was a good guy always pleasant to talk to he will ne missed by many. Another distant cousin gone but will not be forgotten "

Wendy Koranda wrote on Jan 11, 2019:

"My heart goes out to you all, Uncle Ray was such a sweet man, God bless you Uncle Ray rest in peace.I will remember you always and the baby girl who passed so many years ago"

Rose Wendel wrote on Jan 10, 2019:

"I knew Ray from working at Family Clinic. There were certain people you looked forward to seeing when they came in. He reminded me of my grandpa so he was special. I could never tell if he was kidding me or telling the truth as I didn't know him that well but we had a connection. RIP Ray. "

Amanda Levsen wrote on Jan 9, 2019:

"So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I work for Wal-Mart and I knew of him as a customer. But one of those special customers you look forward to seeing! I checked him out many many times. He would look for me and come to my line. What a sweet man he was! My prayers and sympathy to his family."

Connie Hute wrote on Jan 9, 2019:

"He will be missed by my generation because of his role as Monmouth's Marshal. Of course Jane was my Mom's cousin and we stopped to visit them time and again. Of course I knew Sandy from her working in the kitchen at Crestridge and Kenny because Doug and I visited often at the Hounddog. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for peace. "

Brenda DeMoss Groves wrote on Jan 8, 2019:

"We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Ray. What a wonderful man he was. Always had a smile on his face a joke to tell and some teasing to do. He always had a lending hand for anyone that needed help. I'm going to miss seeing you around and your jokes. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace my friend "

Angel (Potter) Schiffer, Wyatt and Kyle Schiffer wrote on Jan 8, 2019:

"Christy, Brian and family . .thoughts and prayers for you . . .rest in peace Ray . . .always loved our visits and the way you would tease me and give me a hard time. You were a wonderful man and will not be forgotten."

CHERYL HARTWIG wrote on Jan 8, 2019:


chris yarolem wrote on Jan 8, 2019:

"ray use to stop and talk and joke around with me when i had a shop in monnouth ..always looked forward to his visits ..he was always smiling and laughing and had a story for me ..i remember him when i was a young kid too .. i will miss ray "

Amee J Stafford wrote on Jan 8, 2019:

"There are no words! R.I.P. Ray you were an amazing man! So sorry to hear about this and many many prayers! "

Doug and Pam DeMoss wrote on Jan 8, 2019:

"Ray will be missed!! Our condolences to his family at this difficult time. For quite a few years he watched Wylie, our beloved dog. We never had to worry about her because we knew that Ray would spoil and take good care of her. Ray and Wylie would go on many car rides - We often said that Wylie got to see more of the country than we did - she sure did Love him and looked forward to seeing him and spending time with him. Rest in Peace Ray!"

Carey Buck wrote on Jan 8, 2019:

"Rest in Peace Ray You will be missed in our neighborhood. Sympathies to his family."