Carl S. ‘Butch’ Miller, 68

Published 9:43 am Thursday, June 2, 2016

Carl S. “Butch” Miller, 68, of Rochester, Minnesota, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at his home.

Carl S. ‘Butch’ Miller, 68

Carl S. ‘Butch’ Miller, 68

Carl was born June 13, 1947, in Rochester, Minnesota, to Carl J. and Lorraine (Lica) Miller. The family moved to Austin, Minnesota, in 1952, where he attended school and was a member of Pacelli High School’s Class of 1965. He went into the United States Army in April of 1966. During his time in the Army, he was with the 508th Airborne, 8th Special Forces and 101st Airborne; with which he went to Vietnam. His last night in the field, he was wounded and spent 70 days in various hospitals. Afterward, he finished his time with the 82nd Airborne. During this time, Carl received two Purple Hearts, two Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He married the love of his life, Mary J. (Felten) Miller May 15, 1971, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Rose Creek, Minnesota. The couple settled in Rochester, Minnesota, where he worked for the USPS until 1974. He was self employed, Miller Tree and Landscaping, from 1974-1986. In 1986, he began working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Bridge Maintenance and eventually transferred to Highway Maintenance in 1991; where he spent the remainder of his career until his retirement in 2013.

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Carl loved working on classic cars and attending car shows, fishing, listening to as well as collecting oldies rock and roll records and above all, spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Mary Miller; their two sons, Steven (Nicole) Miller of Rochester, Minnesota, and Jeremy Miller of Rochester, Minnesota; their daughter Heather Miller; three grandchildren, Ethan, Adyson and Carter; his brothers and sisters; Harold “Bud” (Barb) Miller of Austin, Minnesota, Wayne (Sue Urness) Miller of Rochester, Minnesota, Adrian Mike Miller of Oakdale, Minnesota, Rita (Tom) Frandle of Austin, Minnesota, Linda (Jim) Busby of Stewartville, Minnesota. He is survived by his brothers-in-law who held a special place in his heart: Mike (Brenda) Felten, Cloquet, Minnesota, Terry Felten of Monroe, Iowa, Craig Felten of Rochester, Minnesota, Patrick Felten of Austin, Minnesota, and Daniel (Estee) Felten of Spanaway, Washington. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Carl was predeceased by his parents, Carl J. and Lorraine (Lica) Miller.

The Memorial Mass for Carl S. “Butch” Miller will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester, Minnesota. The visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass at the church.

Internment will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been made by Macken Funeral Home. Online condolences are welcome at