Glen L. Miller, age 64, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at his home in Memphis, MO.
Glen was born on February 2, 1953 in Keokuk, IA, the fourth child of Harry and Rose (Ekle) Miller. His love of farming began at a young age growing up on several family farms as his parents moved from Alexandria to Wyaconda to Memphis, MO. He was baptized at age 16. He graduated from Scotland County High School in 1971 and continued working on the family farm. He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Susan Diane Phillips on September 12, 1971 at Arbela, MO.
Glen loved to work on the farm and he was the hardest worker around. He was the first to get in the tractor and the last one to leave the field. During farming season, food and sleep were optional. He often worked through the day and night with little or no sleep, eating an egg and cheese sandwich when the grain truck was unloading or taking a nap on top of the tractor.
Later in life, Glen expanded his business endeavors to trucking, dirt work and bin construction. One thing never changed; no matter what the job was, Glen went 100 miles an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. At times one wondered if he was a man or a machine. Glen was always looking for a new business adventure and wasn’t afraid to take a risk. There wasn’t a tractor, a truck or a piece of heavy equipment he couldn’t operate after five minutes in the driver’s seat: no instruction manual needed. His combination of memory and math skills was truly amazing, you never needed a phone book or a calculator when you were with Glen.
Although work was important, his ultimate legacy was his family. The love of his life was his wife Suzy. Their 46 years together was filled with love, laughter and a lot of kids. They enjoyed spending the holidays with family, from riding boats at the Lake on the 4th of July to a Christmas Eve present swap. They loved watching the grandchildren at school activities and sporting events. In recent years, they enjoyed the “retired” life traveling from Canada to Paris to Alaska.
Glen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Memphis, MO. Glen’s strength came from his faith in God. He never missed prayer before a meal, whether eating a sandwich at home or dinner with the family at Golden Corral. Glen believed in helping others and giving second chances. He would literally give the shirt off his back to someone in need. He supported many local businesses and individuals in the community. His generosity was as big as his faith in God.
He is survived by his wife Susan; eight children: Patrick (Charity) Miller of Memphis, MO; Pam (Dale) Thomas of Jefferson City, MO; Jennifer Gibson of Moulton, IA; Andy Miller of Columbia, MO; Michelle (Jerry) Parrott of Danville, IA; Rob (Dawn) Miller of Memphis, MO; Becky (Alex) Keen of Belton, MO; and Katie Miller of Columbia, MO; 21 grandchildren: Kaycee Miller-Paul; Cody and Annalise Miller; Cailey and Paige Barnhill; Brett (Ashley) Thomas; Brad, Bo and Ben Thomas; Sydney, Charles and Henry Gibson; Tristan and Madison Miller, Jade and Lane Parrott; Carson and Kenzie Miller; Omar, Nora and Layla Keen; and two great- grandchildren: Karson Miller-Hoerrmann and Karlee Miller-Paul; three brothers: Earl (Sherry) Miller of Edina, MO, Wally (Crystal) Miller of Burlington, IA and Carl (Tina) Miller of Kirksville, MO; two sisters, Jean (Tom) Myers of Memphis, MO and Marie “Mimi” (Ron) Alexander of Memphis, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Memphis, MO with Pastor Dan Deatrick offering words of comfort. Burial followed in Memphis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Glen L. Miller Future Farmers of America (FFA) Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be left at memphisfuneralhome-mo.com. Memphis Funeral Home is assisting the family.