Richard E. Miller, 80

Published 7:01 am Sunday, April 2, 2017

Richard E. Miller, 80, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, March 30, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family.



He was born Nov. 22, 1936 in Austin, the son of Donald and Agnes (Lysne) Miller. Following his graduation from Blooming Prairie High School in 1954, Richard enlisted in the United States Navy, serving until 1957. On April 26, 1958, he married Mildred Rauenhorst at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Easton, Minnesota. The couple raised seven children. Richard worked for the U. S. Postal Service as a mail carrier and clerk, retiring in 1993. He belonged to St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, as well as the Blooming Prairie Gun Club, the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association, and the USS Toledo Association. Richard enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved watching the Minnesota Twins and especially treasured the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Richard will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Miller of Austin; his children, Julie (Patrick) Cochlin of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, Thomas Miller (Barb Taylor) of Austin, Carol (Ken) Trembley of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Richard (Gayle) Miller II of Blooming Prairie, Mary Miller of Waynesboro, Virginia, Michele (Brad) Ayers of Bothell, Washington, and Ann Krueger of Austin; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Cyrus Kirk of St. Paul, Ray (Sharon) Rauenhorst of Easton, Minnesota; sisters-in-law Lorraine (Harold) Hassing of Blue Earth, Minnesota and Evelyn (Thomas) Thielen of Ames, Iowa. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donald (Judy) Miller; two sisters, Mary Jean Kirk and Marcia (Royce) Daniel; and brother-in-law, Leo Rauenhorst.

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Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin with Father James Steffes officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. There will be a 1 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home on Sunday. Interment will be in St. Columbanus Catholic Cemetery, rural Blooming Prairie. Memorials can be directed to St. Augustine Catholic Church or the Salvation Army Food Shelf. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at