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Obituary: Miller


Delmar H. Miller, 83, Chenoa, died at 5:41 pm Sunday, October 29, 2023, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.


His funeral will be at 10:30 am Friday, November 3, 2023, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Colfax with Pastor Ed Hudelson officiating. Burial will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Colfax.


Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, November 2, 2023, and 9:30 to 10:30 am Friday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Colfax. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements.


Delmar was born August 5, 1940, in Normal, IL the son of John H. and Anna M. Juers Miller. He married Joyce A. Dunahee on June 1, 1963, in Graymont, IL. She survives in Chenoa.


Other survivors include one daughter, Kimberly (Mike) Petersen, Cropsey, two sons: Kurt (Mandy Jones) Miller, Chenoa, Kyle (Missy) Miller, Cropsey; seven grandchildren, Erin (Josh) Ifft, Eli (Katelyn) Petersen, Noah Miller, Annaliese Miller, Jonah Miller, Kylie Miller, and Ivan Miller; three great grandchildren, Eva and Brady Ifft and Nolan Petersen, one sister, Delores Carter, Bloomington.


Delmar was a 1958 graduate of Chenoa High School. He served in the United States Army (9/12/1960-6/21/1962). Delmar was a lifetime farmer and had worked at Pittsburgh Tube, Fairbury for 43 years. After his retirement Delmar and Joyce wintered in Arizona for a few years.


Delmar was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Colfax and served as a trustee for Yates Township.


Delmar had a love of farming with his boys, who were able to harvest his final crop, with the help of friends, a week before his passing. His favorite hobby was riding his motorcycle. He and Joyce made three trips across country with friends on Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica Pier. He loved his family dearly, and was so proud of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Delmar was a gentle, loving husband and father. He always had a smile on his face, even in his final days. We will miss that smile, until we meet again.


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