Joseph M. Miller
11/26/1942 – 9/3/2022
He was preceded in death by his parents, James M. and Mildred L. (Salay) Miller; two infant siblings, Jeanette and Walter; brother, Donald. He is survived by his wife, Janice A. Miller; sons: Michael (Jane), David (Karla), Daniel (Michelle), John (Roxanne); grandchildren: Henry, Zach, Allie, Katie, Nick, Alyssa, Collin (Paige) and Kyle; brother, Robert (Mimi); sister, Kathy Jackman.
Visitation begins Friday, September 9th, 5PM at West Center Chapel with Memorial Service at 6:30PM
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Joe was born in 1942 and lived on a farm near Gretna, Nebraska. During his early childhood there was no electricity or indoor plumbing on the farm. Joe grew up with his sister Kathy and brothers Don and Bob. He attended Gretna High School where he played basketball, football, and ran track. Joe helped on the farm until he went to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Joe married his wife Janice in 1963 and had a wonderful and loving marriage for 59 years. Joe became a father for the first time when his son Michael was born. Soon after Michael’s birth, the small family moved to Oxnard, California. Joe began working on the U.S. Naval Ship Missile System Engineering Station. While in California, he and Janice had three more sons: David, Daniel, and John. The family returned to Nebraska in 1970. Joe started working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. While working there, he was awarded the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2001. He worked there for 37 years and retired in 2007.
Joe enjoyed playing basketball with his sons and on an after-work basketball league. Joe liked motorcycles and Husker football. He was proud of and devoted to his sons and always found a way to attend their games, piano recitals, etc. He even found time to help with homework. Joe was usually busy on the weekends fixing the family cars, landscaping, and maintaining the yard. He was very competitive and enjoyed “skunking” people in cribbage and playing bridge at work. He cherished spending time with his eight grandchildren.
Joe was intelligent, quick witted and had a great dry sense of humor. Joe struggled with several maladies later in his life but never complained. He was always positive and perked up whenever an old friend or relative came to visit.
No words can express what he meant to his family and friends or how much he will be missed.