James L. Miller Sr.
Jim L. Miller Sr. took his last breath Saturday, February 5, 2022 at home on the family farm where he was born and took his first breath on August 26, 1936. Jim had a blessed and adventurous life for 85 years.
Jim married Suzanne Schultz on August 31, 1962, in a service conducted by her father, Reverend Hans A. Schultz, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chesaning. They celebrated 24 years of marriage before Suzanne’s death. Jim married Kay Hoff on November 7, 1987; they shared 16 years together before her death. Jim was a lifelong farmer and, up until the time when he could no longer take on his favorite tasks, he still enjoyed watching everything to do with the farm from working livestock to planting, harvesting and hunting those pesky deer that destroyed so much of the corn crop. Many of the younger neighbors and kids knew him as the “Apple Man” as he loved to care for his apple trees even from the seat of his power wheelchair and shared the apples with as many people as he could.
Over several years, he enjoyed everything about helping to support kids in agriculture and during the annual FFA “membership sale” he purchased many kids to work eight hours baling hay and doing other farm chores. As a bidder for the former Community State Bank and local county fairs, Jim purchased countless animals from 4H and FFA members. Jim was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Chesaning FFA Alumni, Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association, and a past member of the Freeland Lions Club. He retired from Buick in Flint, MI and was a member of UAW 599. Some of his proudest accomplishments, besides his family, were when he and Sue were designated as Honorary Chapter Farmers by the Chesaning FFA in 1982, and when he was able to host the 2004 Miller Family Reunion at the farm to honor its new recognition as Centennial Farm. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. He especially enjoyed trips to anywhere his daughters were living. He held close many memories with Stan McLaughlin who was his North Dakota Auction/tractor show friend. There were several other travels, including the Antigua West Indies, with his traveling companion, Margaret Heise.
Those left to cherish his memory are his children and their spouses: HeidiJo (Jeff) Schultz of Bellevue NE, Katrina (Kent) Loewen of Langdon ND, James Jr. (Alysha) Miller of Chesaning MI; Grandchildren: Suzanne (Jesse) Dick of Council Bluffs IA, Jacob (Jessica) Devereaux of Rochester MI, Benjamin (Kelsey) Devereaux of Greenland NH, Wyatt Lanczynski, Morgan and Lane Miller of Chesaning; Stepchildren: Marc (Barbara) Hoff of Alma NY, Kim (Jim) Eggebrecht of Hemlock MI, Brian (MaryJo) Hoff of Saginaw MI; Grandchildren: Holly Ann Hoff, Kara Hoff, Brent Eggebrecht, Bethany Eggebrecht Nathan and John Hoff, Jordan and Brendan Hoff; Siblings: Sisters, Erma (Ken) Thomas of Bay City MI, Eleanor (Bob) Parrott of Luzerne MI; Sister-in-law, Gerri (Leonard) Miller; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Vern (“Bun”) and Rose (Heise) Miller, Jim was predeceased in death by his brothers, Roy Miller and Leonard Miller, stepson, Kenneth Hoff, and several in-laws.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 11, 2022, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 133 Commercial Street, Chesaning. Pastor Paul Tessmer will officiate. Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery. Visitation on Thursday will be from 2-8 p.m. at Misiuk Funeral Home in Chesaning and then at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service.
Memorials in memory of Jim can be kindly made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, 133 Commercial Street, Chesaning, MI or St. John Lutheran Church and School, Antigua West Indies. You may light a memorial candle or share a memory at misiukfuneralhome.com.
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Chesaning, Michigan 48616
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