Dr. Herman Miller, 86

Published 9:49 am Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dr. Herman Miller, 86, of Austin, Minn., died at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn., on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, after a long decline in health.



He was born on Dec. 4, 1927, in Hartley, Iowa, to Herman and Margaret (Barkwell) Miller, Sr. He was raised on a farm in the Worthington, Minn., area and graduated as class valedictorian from Worthington High School. He earned both his Bachelor of Science and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Miller interned at Anchor Hospital (now Regions) in St. Paul. Following his internship, he proudly served his country in the Air Force stationed at Barksdale Strategic Air Force Base in Shreveport, La. Upon discharge, he established his private practice in Grand Meadow, Minn., where he spent a number of years. He then relocated to Austin, Minn., where he practiced until retirement about 10 years ago.

Dr. Miller, and his wife, Helen, were active in the Austin community working together in his office. They were members of the Austin Country Club where they enjoyed golf, tennis and dancing. Dr. Miller was an accomplished woodworker, building gun cases and mantel and grandfather clocks. He collected guns, enjoyed hunting and held a membership in the Experimental Aircraft club.

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Dr. Miller was known for his kindness and compassion which included making house calls early in his career. Many of his patients were second and third generation. He spent many hours at St. Olaf Hospital on weekends attending to high school athletes injured in contact sports.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Helen; oldest son Geoffrey; parents Herman Sr. and Margaret Miller and sister Florence Miller.

Dr. Miller is survived by his son: Greg Miller (Carol Wiebe); daughter-in-law: Margie Miller; granddaughters: Allison Miller (Will Holeman) and Shea Miller; sister-in-law: Orla (Paul) Perrault; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with the Reverend Glenn L. Monson Officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church for one hour before the service on Thursday morning.

The family prefers memorials be sent in memory of Herman Miller to the University of Minnesota Foundation for Medical School scholarships at 200 Oak Street SE, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN  55455, the American Heart Association, the Down Syndrome Society or the ALS Association.