Ken Miller, 83


Ken Miller, 83, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2012, at Cedar Bay Rehabilitation center after complications from a hip fracture earlier in April.

Ken was born Nov. 4, 1928, in Iowa City, Iowa to the late John and Ida (nee Lincoln) Miller. After graduating high school in 1946 and working in sales positions which took him across the country, Ken served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53 in a journey which took him across Europe. He was stationed in Germany but had many travels and told wonderful stories of those years that he often described as the adventure of his life.

After an honorable discharge Ken continued his travels across the United States and Mexico, eventually earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa with the help of the GI Bill. He tried on many hats and explored many careers during this period of his life, eventually landing in Sheboygan as a social worker and then a Probation and Parole officer, a job he loved and held until his retirement. Sheboygan was where he married Althea Hill and began a family that expanded in Port Washington and ultimately came to settle in West Bend.

Kenís love of adventure continued with trips to the four corners of the U.S., Europe, Africa and Australia, but he always returned to his adopted hometown of West Bend. His natural curiosity and gift of gab led to countless encounters around town and across the world, both of which are a little bit less interesting without him.

Ken will be dearly missed by his daughter Karen of Atlanta; son Steve and daughter-in-law Josephine of New York; grandson Justin of Lawrenceville, Ga.; granddaughter Simone of New York; great-grandson Caden of Lawrenceville, Ga.; nephew William Sirowy of Redlands, Calif.; niece Linda Gibbons of Ventura, Calif.; and his many friends in the West Bend area.

A private service was held for immediate family on Thursday, April 26, and Ken's ashes were laid to rest at the Washington County Memorial Park cemetery. Online condolences can be posted at www.phillipfuneralhome.com and memorials to the St. Jamesí Episcopal Church Harvest House Meal Program (148 S. Eighth Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) or the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Washington County (420 N. River Road, West Bend, WI 53095) are appreciated.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.