The Ottumwa Courier

January 4, 2013

Donald Miller, 76, Hedrick


HEDRICK — Donald E. Miller, 76, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Hedrick, passed away on Jan. 1, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital.  

Donald Eugene Miller was born on a farm on June 22, 1936, to Louie and Dorotha Knuth Miller in Hedrick. He was married to Marilyn Swanson, and to this union four children were born. They later divorced. Don was united in marriage to Barbara Myers Waterhouse in May 1984.     

He graduated from Hedrick High School in 1954. Don played football at Parsons College, where he graduated with his bachelor of science degree. He taught school in Newton and went on to get a master’s degree in science and chemistry from University of Northern Iowa. Don moved to Cedar Rapids after teaching school in Ft. Dodge. He became a manager at World Book Encyclopedia. He started at Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1985 in Davenport. Following his graduation in 1988 from Palmer College, he began his own practice in Hiawatha in January 1989. He sold his practice to Dr. Berry but continued to work there until his passing.

Through the years he has been president of the Cedar Rapids Chiropractic Society, Antique Automobile Club of America and Model A Restorers Club. Don enjoyed all of the outdoor activities with his family including boating, fishing, snowmobiling and ATVs. He liked spending time at his cabin on the Wapsi. Don was a longtime member of the Lovely Lane United Methodist Church.  

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; children, Donna (Tim) Thomas of Greenville, S.C., Alan (Pam) Miller of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Gayle (Charlie) Hinman of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Jay (Christine) Miller of Hammond, La.; a stepchild, Dean (Jill) Waterhouse of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Kayla, Rhianna, Carly, Alana and Elizabeth; stepgrandchildren, Justin, Ryan, Nick, Nathan, Alissa, Kaylee and Emily; mother, Dorotha Bartman of Marion; siblings, Max Miller of Dallas, Texas, and Glen (Linda) Miller of Cedar Rapids; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Louie; stepson, Creg Waterhouse; sister-in-law, Connie; and niece, Shelly.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids; with Pastor Paul Wilcox officiating.  

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

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