Alan Paul Miller, 64
Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Alan Paul Miller, age 64, of Lenox, who passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 was held Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10:30 AM at the Lenox Community Center. Visitation was held Saturday beginning at 9:30 AM until 10:15 AM at the Lenox Community Center. Memorials be directed to the Lenox Fire Department or Community Adult Residential Environment.
Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we ‘Celebrate Life’.
Alan Paul Miller was born on November 16, 1955, the youngest of seven children born to Joseph Eugene Miller and Rose Catherine (Novak) Miller. Cancer robbed Alan of his life on January 1, 2020, at the age of 64 years, 1 month and 16 days.
Alan was raised on a farm southwest of Lenox. His morning were spent milking the family herd of Holsteins before hopping the bus to school. This was a chore he swore he would never repeat in his adult years. If he had spare time, it was spent running the country side on his Honda Trail 70 with the neighborhood boys, trapping, hunting and fishing. These were past times that he carried on throughout his life. Alan also had an affinity for four wheels as well as two! He started learning the auto body trade in high school from Richard Freshour. After honing his skills in Des Moines at AMC & Jeep, Alan returned to Lenox in 1977, where he worked for Don’s Body Shop for the next 42 years. He was also dedicated to the Lenox Fire Department, working up to Assistant Chief, serving for 28 years.
In 1976, Alan was united in marriage to Deborah Lynn Haynes. To this union was born Kristen Renee in 1978, Jaclyn Leigh in 1980, and Kurt Alan in 1984. They lived their entire life on East Kansas Street in Lenox along with the many neighborhood kids as part of their family. Alan was a caring and patient father and wonderful grandfather to Taylor, Kason, Wesley and Bobby J.
Alan was a quiet man who had a knack for grabbing laughs with his dry sense of humor. He worked hard, but always put his family and friends first. As an adult, Alan continued to fill his free time with hunting, fishing and camping along the Platte River. He never hesitated to bring along his children, grandchildren or friends to pass along his skills and swap stories around the campfire. He loved to refinish furniture and had restored many beautiful pieces of furniture and guns.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Debbie Miller; children Kristen, Jaclyn (Bryan) and Kurt; four grandchildren, Taylor, Kason, Wesley and Bobby; siblings, Cathy (Howard) Yarnell, Frances Young, Margaret (Patric) Murphy, Nancy (Rick) Long and David (Rita) Miller. His father and mother-in-law, Fred and Joyce Haynes; and sister and brothers-in-law, Jeannie (Paul) Shipman, Kathi (Craig) Braby; Mark (Tammy) Haynes, Laurie (Nick) Evans and Matt (Margaret) Haynes; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many friends.
Preceding Alan in death are his parents, Joseph Eugene and Rose Catherine Miller; a brother, Stephen Eugene Miller and two nieces, Julie A. Young and Courtni Shipman Jensen.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved!
Alan Paul Miller, 64