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Ron Miller

July 8, 1946 — July 3, 2024


Ronald Joseph Miller, RJ, died the morning of July 3, 2024 from complications of cancer. He was born July 8, 1946 in Watertown South Dakota. Ron was the second child of six born to Glenn Wilcox Miller and Harriet Roby Miller. He attended Immaculate Conception School, Watertown High School, class of 1964, and University of South Dakota where he received his Bachelors degree in Sociology in 1968. Following graduation he spent the summer driving a cab in Minneapolis. Then due to a shortage of teachers in rural school districts he was recruited to teach fourth grade in Carsonville, Michigan. In 1972 he moved on to University of Toledo in Ohio receiving his MA in Sociology. In 1980 he moved to Washington State University receiving his Ph.D. During his studies at Washington State, he developed an interest in the history of and life on Skid Row. His dissertation was published in 1982 by Lexington Books D.C. Heath and Company. Its title was THE DEMOLITION OF SKID ROW. For two years, while completing his dissertation, Ron taught Sociology at University of North Dakota. In 1976 he joined the faculty at Chadron State College. In 2008, Ron retired from 32 years of teaching at Chadron State as Professor Emeritus. Above all, Ron had a love and commitment to his family, friends who became family, and community. Wellness led him to start the Chadron Natural Food Co-Op in 1976 as part of a Sociology class project. Community led him to participate in Chadron Rotary Club, Chadron Arts Center Board, and Chadron State’s Golden Eagles. Fitness led him to Chadron Karate Club, through which he gained friends and strength, persistence earned him a black belt in his fifties. In addition to karate, he practiced yoga from age 22 until his passing. Ron consistently looked for and created beauty in the world around him, be it in his back yard when gardening, engaged in creative building projects, or when visiting family and friends. Earlier in life curiosity, family, and friendship lead him on many cross country drives in his ’66 Dodge van. Later in life he took multiple trips to India. Ron is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marguerite Vey-Miller, daughters Maureen (Dan) Hunt of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nicole (Justin) Bottsford-Miller Bozeman, Montana, and Monica Miller of Denver, Colorado, grandchildren Charlie and Leina of Minneapolis, siblings Steve (Charlotte) Miller of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Ginny (Woody) Weeks of Brookings, South Dakota, Mike (Marilyn) Miller of Otsego, Minnesota and Judy Miller of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by oldest daughter Andrea Nadine Miller, parents Harriet and Glenn Miller, and brother Jerry Miller. Ron will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Chadron, Nebraska with a Celebration of Life at the Chadron Arts Center at a later date. 

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Service Schedule

Upcoming Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, September 21, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Mountain time)

Calvary Cemetery

, Chadron, NE 69337

Graveside services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Chadron, NE at 10:00AM. A celebration of life will follow at the Chadron Arts Center.

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