Richard L. Miller

Richard L. “Rich” Miller, passed away on March 30, 2024, at the age of 74 at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa. Born on March 13, 1950, in Clinton, Iowa, Rich was the son of Richard A. and Betty D. (Stickley) Miller.

Rich grew up in Maquoketa, where he attended Maquoketa High School, graduating in 1968. He furthered his education at the University of Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. His commitment to his country was evident as he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, receiving an honorable discharge for his service. Rich’s heart found its match in Rhonda Weirup, and the two were united in marriage on February 4, 1978, in Maquoketa, Iowa. Their loving partnership brought forth two daughters, Charity and Amy.

After his military service, Rich dedicated his professional life to helping others. As an EMT at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa, he provided care and comfort to those in need. He later joined the workforce at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy until its closing in 1986. Rich concluded his professional career with 21 years of service at ADM in Clinton, from which he retired in 2012.

Rich’s life was filled with the joy of family and the enthusiasm of a true sports fan. He was a “handyman”, a skill he took pride in, and his passion for sports was unmatched, especially for his beloved Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs. His dedication to the Cubs was so profound that he chose to have the team’s logo etched onto his headstone, a symbol of his unwavering support.

Family was the cornerstone of Rich’s life. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Rhonda Miller of Delmar, IA; daughters, Charity (Jeremy) McDevitt of Clinton, IA, and Amy (Anthony) Felkey of Preston, IA; his mother, Betty Miller of Maquoketa, IA; and brother, Jim (Ingrid) Miller of Tiffin, IA. Rich’s legacy also lives on through his cherished grandchildren, Jaci Moore, Michaela (Cody) Eads, Keegan Moore, Dylan (Bailey) McDevitt, Michael Moore, Carter (fiancé Saivannah) Gjerstad, Hudson Felkey, Hootie Felkey, and Abby Felkey, as well as his treasured great-grandchildren, William McDevitt, Maverick Moore, Logan Eads, and Eliana Gjerstad. His father, Richard Allen Miller, preceded him in death.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating his life will be held at 1 P.M., Friday, April 5, 2024, at Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.  Military rites will be accorded.  A private family visitation will be held.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard L. “Rich” Miller memorial fund has been established.

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