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Wayne Ernest Miller

November 27, 1937 — September 20, 2020

Wayne Ernest Miller, a longtime resident of Persia, Iowa, passed away peacefully on September 20th, 2020. He was at home, surrounded by his loving family during his final moments. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 10th, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home in Council Bluffs. The family asks that everyone wear masks for the protection of all attendees.

Wayne was born November 27th, 1937 to Robert and Bessie (Hillers) Miller. As he grew up, Wayne attended country schools in the rural Logan and Persia area. He graduated from Persia High School in 1957. After school, Wayne worked many different jobs throughout his lifetime. He was a truck driver, farmer, mechanic, and county conservation worker. Even after his retirement in 2000, Wayne worked part time for the city of Persia before fully retiring around 2006.

Outside of work Wayne had a wonderful family. It all began when he married the love of his life, LaVonne (Janssen) on December 24th, 1957. From this union came two daughters. They all enjoyed camping and traveling. Over the years they were able to visit 48 states and go on two cruises. Later in their retirement, Wayne and LaVonne became snowbirds and spent the winter months in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Wayne also enjoyed hunting, woodworking, NASCAR racing, and buzzing around on his 4wheeler or snowmobile. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Bessie Miller, brothers Virgil and Loren, and his sister Anna May Schafer. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, LaVonne, their daughters Debra Ingwersen and Marilyn (Lenny) Burke. Grandchildren Michaela Burke, Aaron Burke with partner Christine Miller, and Sarah (Tyler) Pokoski.
His family and friends will remember Wayne by his quick wit, constant humor, and joyous laugh.

The family will direct memorials. Interment will be on a later date at Valley View Cemetery in Persia.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home and Crematory

1221 North 16th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

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