FAIRMONT - Funeral services for Gale "Bill" Miller, 81, of Mankato, Minn., formerly of Fairmont, Minn., and Dolliver, Iowa, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Burial will Saturday afternoon, July 14, at Glenwood Cemetery in Mankato. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Bill passed away Monday morning, July 9, 2012, at home in Mankato.
Gale William "Bill" Miller was born April 17, 1931 in Fairmont, Minn., the son of Lee and Olive (Evans) Miller. He attended the Dolliver Consolidated School and graduated in 1949. He went on to the University of Iowa for one year before entering the U.S. Air Force on Jan. 6, 1951, and served until his honorable discharge in March of 1952. On Dec. 28, 1957, Bill married Annette Hudepohl. They farmed near Dolliver and raised two children, Tom and Lori. Bill retired from farming in 1989 but continued to live on the farm. Annette passed away in 1996. On March 3, 1997, Bill married Everil "Evie" (McMurtry) LaLonde and they lived in Fairmont. They moved to Blue Earth for a short time before moving to Mankato in April of 2010.
Bill was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ceylon then Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont and most recently attended the Huntley Community Covenant Church. Bill spent a great deal of time reading a wide variety of materials. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and enjoyed going to kids sporting events. He also loved to travel, play cards and attend movies, concerts and plays.
Those who will cherish his memory include his wife, Everil "Evie" M. Miller of Mankato; son, Tom Miller and his wife, Barbara, of Mountain View, Calif.; daughter, Lori Motes and her husband, Kevin, of Denver, Colo.; step-daughter, Michelle Stennes and her husband, Kevin, of Huntley, Minn.; step-son, Timothy LaLonde and his wife, Lisa, of New York City, N.Y.; grandchildren, Zach Motes, Aaron Wilkinson, Nicholas and Abby Wilkinson, Rachel Wilkinson, Lindsay Stennes, Jordan Stennes, Alex Stennes, Parker LaLonde and Ashley LaLonde; great grandchildren, Dominic and Malia Wilkinson, Mikah Barrett; one sister, Beverly Butler of Spirit Lake, Iowa; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Wallace Schueler of Cross Lake, Minn., Bernice and Merle Brewer of Carpenter, Iowa, Bob and Bonnie McMurtry of Fairmont, Duane "Mac" and Dee McMurtry of Dolliver, Iowa; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Annette, Bill was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Miller; sister-in-law, Dorothy Miller; brother-in-law, Bill Butler; among other relatives.