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Gene W. Miller

June 25, 1931 - June 1, 2009

WILLMAR -- Gene Wesley Miller, 77, of Willmar died Monday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be at St. Lucas Lutheran Cemetery near Cottonwood at 4 p.m. Friday.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born June 25, 1931, in Montevideo to Lestof and Sylvia (Pederson) Miller. He grew up on a farm south of Clarkfield and graduated from Clarkfield High School in 1949. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. He served stateside in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He married Anne Haigh in 1955 and they lived in Anoka, Glenwood and Willmar. In 1979, they divorced. He owned and operated a fertilizer plant in downtown Willmar and was later employed as a crop adjuster for Farmers Mutual for many years.

He was a member of Vinje Lutheran Church, a member and past commander of Willmar American Legion Post and member of the Willmar Lions Club.

He is survived by his three children: Leslie (and Rick) Andreas of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Steve (and Jodi) Miller of Estero, Fla., and Jodi Miller of Kenly, N.C.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother: Howard (and Caroline) Miller of Clear Lake, S.D.

He was preceded in death by a sister in early childhood.