Richard E. Miller, 80
Austin Richard E. Miller, age 80 of Austin, died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 22, 1936 in Austin, the son of Donald and Agnes (Lysne) Miller. Following his graduation from Blooming Prairie High School in 1954, Richard enlisted in the United States Navy, serving until 1957. On April 26, 1958, he married Mildred Rauenhorst at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Easton. The couple raised seven children. Richard worked for the U. S. Postal Service as a mail carrier and clerk, retiring in 1993. He belonged to St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, as well as the Blooming Prairie Gun Club, the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association, and the USS Toledo Association. Richard enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved watching the Minnesota Twins and especially treasured the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Richard will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Miller, of Austin; his children, Julie (Patrick) Cochlin, of Blooming Prairie, Thomas Miller (Barb Taylor), of Austin, Carol (Ken) Trembley, of Cottage Grove, Richard (Gayle) Miller II, of Blooming Prairie, Mary Miller, of Waynesboro, Virginia, Michele (Brad) Ayers, of Bothell, Washington, and Ann Krueger, of Austin; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Cyrus Kirk, of St. Paul, Ray (Sharon) Rauenhorst, of Easton; sisters-in-law, Lorraine (Harold) Hassing, of Blue Earth and Evelyn (Thomas) Thielen, of Ames, Iowa.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donald (Judy) Miller, two sisters, Mary Jean Kirk and Marcia (Royce) Daniel, and brother-in-law Leo Rauenhorst.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 3, 2017 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, Father James Steffes officiated. Interment was in St. Columbanus Catholic Cemetery, rural Blooming Prairie.
Memorials can be directed to St. Augustine Catholic Church or the Salvation Army Food Shelf. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.