Miller, Ronald Nicholas 68

Ronald Nicholas Miller of Howard Lake Passed away on March 28, 2020 at his home.
Ronald Nicholas Miller was born on July 10, 1951, in Richmond, MN to Paul and Leona (Thiesen) Miller. He was baptized and confirmed at Assumption Catholic Church of Eden Valley, MN. Ron grew up in Eden Valley, MN and graduated from Eden Valley-Watkins High School in 1969. After high school, Ron joined the United States Air Force. He served from 1969-1973 and spent a year in Ubon, Thailand. On July 17, 1971, Ron married his high school sweetheart, Jean Marie Booth, at the Church of Saint Anthony in Watkins, MN. Following his time in the Air Force, Ron took a job with the U.S. Postal Service. He worked in Minneapolis, Golden Valley, and Buffalo before becoming Postmaster of Howard Lake in 1981, until his retirement on March 31, 2005.

Ron was a loving and dedicated Husband, Father, and Grandfather who generously gave his time and energy to support his family and loved ones. He had a very kind heart and continuously put others before himself. Ron’s sense of humor kept his family and friends amused. He brought joy to all who knew him. It is hard to describe such an incredible man, nothing can compare to the love he gave, the memories he made, and the feelings we are left with in our hearts.

Ron enjoyed traveling, making bird houses with the grandkids, collecting license plates, and having coffee with friends. He was known for his organizational skills both in and out of the office. Ron was a member of the Howard Lake American Legion Post 145 and St Mary’s Catholic Church of Waverly.

Ron passed away at his home in Howard Lake on March 28, 2020, after a courageous battle with Leukemia. He reached the age of 68 years, 8 months, and 18 days.

Ron is survived by his Wife, Jean, of 48 years; Children: Jeff (Mary) Miller of Cokato, MN, Steve (Lorie) Miller of Wright City, MO, Michelle (Cullen) Czech of Big Lake, MN; Grandchildren: Morgan Czech, Grant Czech, Sawyer Miller, Sydney Miller; Step Grandchildren: Cayla (Matt) Grates, Colton Czech, Kyle Hennkens, Reese Hennkens and Step Great Granddaughter, Charlotte Wickland. He is also survived by his Mother, Leona Miller; Siblings: Mary Weeres, Linda (Joe) Mehr, Bruce (Joey) Miller, Brian (Linda) Miller, Bob (Linda) Miller, Gary Miller, nieces, nephews, extended family, and many friends.

Ron was preceded in death by his Father, Paul Miller, Brother, Stephen Miller, and Brother-in-law, Ed Pilantz.

The family will always be grateful to Brian Miller for being Ron’s bone marrow donor. A heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses at Monticello Cancer Center, North Memorial A6, and Mayo Clinic.

A graveside service will take place at 10:30 AM with visitation 1 hour prior on Friday, July 10, 2020 with military honors at the Howard Lake City Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at South Shore Event Center (625 8th Ave S, Howard Lake, MN 55349). Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake. 320-543-3401 www.swansonpeterson.com