Ronald Miller

Ronald Lewis Miller

November 8, 1928 - November 30, 2019
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Ronald was born November 8, 1928, to Arnt and Cora Miller at home at Cedar Canyon. He attended school at rural schools in the area and jokingly tells about starting high school at Newell three times before he finally quit and worked at home herding sheep. Ronald tells about herding sheep at the age of 13 while living in the sheep wagon.
Ronald was drafted in the army for the Korean War in 1950. He was trained as a tank gunner and a cook and was discharged instead of going to Korea. Ronald married Faith Louise Vig at the Prairie Home Church on August 20, 1955. To this union were born seven children over 16 years. Ronald and Faith bought the Fritz Kentsler place north of the Ben Ash Monument, where they lived their entire lives. Ronald instilled in his family a love for God, a love for Family, and a care for Others. We can’t forget a love for Hard Work. He loved to joke with people, and he enjoyed spending time with young kids, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed visiting with his neighbors and friends. He took his family to Prairie Home Church almost every Sunday and was instrumental in the founding of Cedar Canyon Bible Camp.
Ronald and Faith ranched, raising cattle and sheep and kids. He spent springs lambing and calving, summers haying until the ground froze, and winters feeding, chopping ice, and hunting sheep out of snowbanks. He ranched with his brother Shirley for many years.
Ronald enjoyed music, and whenever the kids came home, he expected a room full of instruments and singing. He would even sing with his kids occasionally at church. His hobbies included feeding cows and sheep and driving/riding around them just to look. He usually said “All you need is a good horse and a good dog.”
Ronald passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019, at their home in Belle Fourche. A bad snowstorm had come and he made it Home before it hit, exactly as he would advise anybody.
Surviving Ronald are his wife of 64+ years, Faith Miller; seven children, Renee and Bob Bachman, Sandra and David Holland, Laura and Donnie Kissack, Harold and Lori (Keil) Miller, Lynn and Nancy (Talley) Miller, Sally and Witt Crowser, and Ronda and Sanford Deal; 23 grandchildren—give or take a few with marriages and extras; 26 great-grandchildren—give or take a few; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Hope Vig, Adelia Vig, Rose Tysdal, and Dwayne and Zona Vig. Ronald had numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Ronald in death are his parents, Arnt and Cora Miller; his in-laws, Cecil and Edith Vig; brothers, Earl and Doris Miller, Joyce Miller, and Shirley and Erma Miller; sister, Mazy and Albert Weiss; brothers-in-law, Merle Vig, and Tony Tysdal; niece, Della Rae Mickelson; and great-granddaughter, Taisley Faith Lewis.
Memorials have been established for Prairie Home Church, Cedar Canyon Bible Camp, and the Mud Butte Volunteer Fire Department.
A visitation time will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 9, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
The Celebration of Life and Going Home for Ronald Lewis Miller, 91 years old, of Mud Butte, SD, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Prairie Home Church in Maurine, the church of Ronald’s entire life, with Pastor Roger Monson officiating. Burial will follow at Monument Hill Cemetery at Mud Butte.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    December 9, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    December 9, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Celebration of Life

    December 10, 2019 | 10:30am
    December 10, 2019 10:30am
    Prairie Home Church
    Address Not Available
    Maurine, SD
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    Pastor Roger Munson
  • Interment

    December 10, 2019 |
    December 10, 2019
    Monument Hill Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Mud Butte, SD
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monty williams

Posted at 05:08pm
I spend most of my time in NM now but SD will always be "home". I just checked the obits. Last time I was able to visit with Ronald was at a Labor Day Rodeo. It was so good to hear his voice and be reminded of him, that generation, my folks and the way they were. There was a wonderful love in his way of being and an undeniable wisdom that only a few posses. I have the best memories when Mom taught up on the Moreau River and we were in the same school district and all getting together. He lived quite a life I hope I come close to as much enjoyment and fulfillment.

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Dan Enns

Posted at 03:24pm
I spent five years loving Ron as his pastor. Twenty years later I still remember Ron with strong feelings. We grew very close as friends and shared a lot together as we worked on his ranch and as we studied the Bible together. Ron taught me four things. Always keep a name of a dog handy because you never knew when you were going to run it over. Always make sure the break on the tractor is set before you step behind it to go to the bathroom, otherwise you will pee all over yourself. Always care about anyone who comes into your life. And your never too old to try something different. Ron was one of five people who have influenced my life. The first being Jesus my savior, the second was my parents, the third was Ron and the fourth was a man in Missouri who was just like Ron.

Dan & Veda Flyger

Posted at 07:21pm
Just now read of Ronald's going home to be with the Lord. Our memories of him are what a kind and friendly man he was. Will never forget how when we taught at Dillon the well pump failed and he took a part off his own pump and he came up to the school and he and Dick Johnson fixed that pump in the dark because Ronald didn't want Veda to be without water with a new baby in the house. The family has our condolences but know that you do not sorrow as those who have no hope. From Dan & Veda Flyger, Freeman, So. Dak..

Pamela Peters

Posted at 01:13pm
Sorry for your loss, and prayers to the family. Linda Overweg, granddaughter of John and the late Kathryn (Stewart) Kari

Darlene Fite

Posted at 04:32pm

Faith and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ronald was an amazing person. Everette really enjoyed what wisdom he had to share. 🙏🙏🙏 Everette and Darlene Fite

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