Norman Miller

Norman Duane Miller, age 89, passed away January 24, 2019 at the Heights of Alamo in Alamo, TX, where he had been a patient for 2-1/2 months. Memorial Cremation Center of Edinburg, TX assisted the family with arrangements.

Norman was born October 9, 1929 to Dewey and Mabel (Herman) Miller in Waukon. He married Mary Ann Klocke and they later divorced. After helping his father take care of the crops in the fall, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army, with a tour of duty from 1953 until 1955.

Following his discharge, he farmed for a few years and then started his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was transferred from Waukon to Missouri Valley and then to McAllen, TX. While employed with the USDA in McAllen, he attended classes at University of Texas-Pan American. He also served part time as a Deputy Sheriff Reserve while employed by the USDA. His duties included back-up and flying prisoners to new locations.

Norman married Elizabeth Hess in Austin, TX in 1984. The last step of his USDA career included employment in Lincoln NE, where he accepted early retirement in 1986. Norman and Beth sold their home and bought a truck and RV, and used this as their home as they traveled across the United States for a number of years. They later purchased a home in Alamo, TX, where they’ve lived ever since. Norman had heart surgery in 2012, but he was still able to travel to northeast Iowa one last time in 2014.

In addition to his love of flying, Norman truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Target shooting, fishing and square dancing were some of his other past times, and he was well known for a being a very polished story-teller, coupled with lots of laughter and (friendly) cursing.

Norman is survived by his wife of 34 years, Elizabeth (Beth); two step-daughters, Deborah (Ruben) Reynolds and their son, Christopher, of Austin, TX, and Kathleen (Jeff) Riley and their two daughters, Skylar and Summer, of Marble Falls, TX; his sister, Marlene Habhab of Waukon; and two nieces and one nephew, Musty, Abby and Mimi Habhab.

He was a loving husband to Beth for 34 years, loved his sister whom he called every Saturday for the past 18-1/2 half years and treated his step-daughters, nieces and nephew as his own. His ‘family’ circle included countless others who also felt this same love. He will be missed by all of us. We love you Norman; rest in peace.

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