Melvin Ronald Miller was born June 6, 1928 in Franklin Township, Greene County, Iowa. Following his junior year in high school, Melvin joined the United States Army. He first went to Fort Belvoir, Va. for basic training. He was then stationed in Korea for two years. After coming home, he finished his senior year in school and then graduated from Diesel and Engineering School in Los Angeles, Calif. Following school, he re-enlisted in the Army.
He served in the following places: Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Korea for two more years during the Korean War; Fort Riley, Kan.; Toul and Metz, France; then two more years in Korea. He was stationed at White Sands Missile Base, Ariz. then Sinop, Turkey. He was then stationed at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., then to the embassy in Bolivia, South America, then Fort Leavenworth, Kan. and to Vietnam. He next went to Kaiserslautern, Germany and again to Vietnam. His last tour was Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. In total he served 22 years in the Army with three tours in Korea and two in Vietnam.
Melvin graduated from flight school and retired to the family farm near Cooper, Iowa where he built his own airplane and collected antique cars.
Melvin passed away July 10, 2018 in Jefferson, Iowa at the age of 90 years.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson, officiated by Pastor Larry Monthei of Hope United Methodist Parish. The music was “Softly and Tenderly” and “Going Home” with Kenny Monthei as the soloist. Interment was at Franklin Township Cemetery in Cooper, with graveside military rites by Iowa Army Honor Guard, Jefferson V.F.W. Post #9599 and Jefferson American Legion Post #11.
He is survived by his sister, Janet (Robert) Owens of Jefferson; niece, Gayle Roberts; nephew, James Owens; other relatives and friends.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home.