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Ralph Miller

Ralph Henry Miller

July 11th, 1922 - September 21st, 2019
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Ralph H. Miller, age 97, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019 at his home on his farm near Watertown.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Friday, September 27, 2019 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown with Pastor Jerod Jordan, Jesse Layton and Barbara (Miller) Frerichs officiating. Marcia Jelsma will be the organist. Judy Everson will be the soloist.

Visitation will be from 5-8:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD. Military Honors will be conducted by the SD Army National Guard Funeral Honors Team in Watertown.

Pallbearers will his grandsons: Steve Frerichs, Shannon Morris, Justin Layton, David Frerichs, Jesse Layton, Ben Frerichs and Jason Layton.

Ralph Henry Miller was born on July 11, 1922 to Henry D.E. and Adeline (Rux) Miller in Redfield, SD. The family moved to Watertown, SD when Ralph was ten years old. Ralph graduated from Watertown High School in 1940. He worked for Baskerville and Dahl in the parts department and also assembled machinery.

Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor Ralph answered his call to duty and enlisted in the United States Army on December 10, 1942. Ralph served in France and Germany as a sergeant during World War II. He was honorably discharged on February 12, 1946. Ralph was the only member of his unit to climb the cliff to Hitler's Eagles Nest, discovering Hitler had already Evacuated.

Ralph was an active member of the Methodist Church in Watertown.

Following his service in World War II, Ralph returned to Watertown. He loved horses and raised and trained many. He was a member of the Watertown Riders and Drivers Club where he met the love of his life, Elsie Johnson, on a trail ride.

On September 25, 1949 Ralph and Elsie were married at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown. To this union three daughters and one son were born. They moved to a farm west of Watertown where they raised and milked Holstein dairy cattle. They also grew grain and raised chickens. In November of 1963 the couple purchased a farm south of Watertown and continued to farm with the help of their four children. Ralph and Elsie shared 63 years of marriage together.

Ralph was a member of the Watertown Coop Elevator Advisory Board.

After retiring from farming, Ralph enjoyed fishing, especially with Elsie, and traveling to the Black Hills, southern United States and Mexico in the winter months in their motorhome.
Ralph especially loved time spent with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ralph is survived by his children, Barbara Frerichs of Box Elder, SD, Linda (Edward) York of Watertown,
Bonnie (Russell) Morris of Mellette, SD; his sisters and brothers, Katherine Reichling and Neil (Mavis) Miller of Watertown, Florence (Marvin) Galinat of Rapid City, SD and Curt (Sherry) Miller of Watertown; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Miller of Watertown; 12 grandchildren; one step grandson; 31 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elsie; his son, Dale; one brother, Bernie; a sister, Dorothy Stoltenberg; and son-in-law, Edward Layton.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday September 26th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday September 26th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    With a Prayer Service at 6:30 pm.
  • Service

    Friday September 27th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday September 27th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Grace Lutheran Church
    Address
    202 2 St. SE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Officiant
    Pastor Jerod Jordan
  • Interment

    Location
    Mount Hope Cemetery
    Address
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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