Kalona-Cecil E. Miller was born September 15, 1924, in Kalona, Iowa. The son of Ben M. and Cora (Miller) Miller. He lived in Kalona his entire life. On September 24, 1945, Cecil was united in marriage to Verda Hershberger at the Fairview Mennonite Church. Cecil co-owned the Washington Co. Case Farm Store for 37 ½ years and after selling the store he continued to work for the new owners and later worked at Pyramids in Iowa City. Cecil retired in 2005. He was a member of Sunnyside Mennonite Church. Cecil was a kind, caring, compassionate man and had a good sense of humor. He enjoyed the Hawkeyes, Cubs, gardening, playing football with his sisters, playing golf (aka mowing the yard) and spending time with his family. Cecil passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Pleasantview Home in Kalona at the age of 96 years.
Cecil is survived by 3 sons, Galen Miller of Virginia Beach, VA, Del (Patty) Miller of Iowa City and Kerwin (Amy) Miller of St. Charles, IL; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; two sisters, Grace Miller of Kalona and Marjorie Roth of Jewelsburg, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Verda, grandson Shane Miller and 2 sisters Alta Swartzendruber, and Ila Swartzendruber.
A Private Celebration Of Life Graveside Service will be Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery rural Kalona. Visitation will be Friday from 12-6 pm at the Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona. Because of COVID, family will not be in attendance and there will be no funeral services. A virtual celebration of Cecil's life is planned for Saturday, December 5th at 10am Emails or interest in the Zoom celebration of life can be sent to: CEM1924@yahoo.com . A memorial fund has been established for Pleasantview Building Fund. Messages and tributes may be sent to the family at www.powellfuneralhomes.com
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Cecil and Verda were the greatest neighbors, bringing us homemade rolls every year for Christmas. Not only did Cecil help us move into our house, he brought us supper, too! They loved to talk about their family and hosted many, many fun evenings with friends. The world was blessed by him and his kindness.
So sorry for your loss. It brings back memories of my own dad. When I would ask him who his best friend was, he would say "probably Cecil" I think they had some great times when they were small boys.
So sorry for your loss. This brings back memories of my own dad. When I would ask him who his best friend was, he would say "probably Cecil". I think they had some great times when they were small boys.
Cecil was such a caring, loving man. What an example to us all.
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