Paul W. Miller

1922 - 2022


Paul W. Miller was born March 21, 1922, near Wellman, Iowa, the son of Menno and Barbara (Swartzendruber) Miller. He attended Franklin rural school. On Feb. 6, 1944, he was united in marriage to Leta L. Brenneman at the Fairview Mennonite Church in rural Kalona. During WWII, they spent time in Civilian Public Service in Oregon and Maryland. They made their home in rural Wellman on the farm where he grew up.

Paul was a life-long farmer, and for many years ran Mill-Der Welders with neighbor Ray Yoder. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized. He was a member of the Upper Deer Creek Mennonite Church, where he served as a trustee, and as cemetery sexton for 48 years.

Paul enjoyed spending time playing games and laughing with his friends and family, and in retirement, became proficient in shuffleboard with daily games in both Florida and Wellman. He enjoyed tending to and expanding the fruit orchard his father planted, always having apples to hand out to those fortunate enough to be sitting nearby at IMS basketball games.

He was active in the community, serving for many years on the boards of Pleasantview Home, IMS, and Farmers Electric. Paul died on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at his home in Wellman at the age of 100 years.
Paul is survived by six children: Larry (Sharon) Miller of Wellman, Karen (Larry) Kahler of North Liberty, Donald (Tamara) Miller of Wellman, Sanford (Mary Lou) Miller of Millersburg, Ind., James (Ramona) Miller of Wellman and Scott Miller of Wellman; 12 grandchildren: Trisha, Kevin (Brenda), Kristi (Jay), André (Cara), Clint (Nicki), Ashleigh (Steve), Keith (Jordan), Carson (Amber), Kaela, Isaac, Ainsley (Brandt), and Naomi (Brandon); 23 great-grandchildren: Chance (fiancé Jasmine), Brody, Collin, Kenzie, Kale, Ally Jo, Cole, Brock, Landon, Bennett, Lilly, Ruby, Wyatt, Hadley, Denver, Noelle, Sadie, Summer, Mariah, Delaney, Leyna, Keegan, and Noah; and one great-great-grandson: Julian.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Leta; one brother: Lester Miller; and two infant sisters: Lydia Fern and Ruth Darlene.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Upper Deer Creek Mennonite Church, rural Wellman. Pastor Elmer Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Upper Deer Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, at Upper Deer Creek Mennonite Church. A memorial fund has been established for Upper Deer Creek Mennonite Church and Washington County Hospice. The Powell Funeral Home in Wellman is caring for Paul and his family.