Major Edward ‘Ed’ J. Miller
Major Edward “Ed” J. Miller, USAF, Retired, 53, Glenburn, North Dakota, went to be with the Lord, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, as a result of an automobile accident.
Ed was born May 6, 1965, to Stanley and Mercedes (Hartenstein) Miller in Tiffin, the seventh of 10 children. Ed married Kathy Olson June 22, 1991, at First Baptist Church in Minot, North Dakota.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kathy of Glenburn, North Dakota; a son, Steven, attending Law School at University of Michigan; two daughters, Emily, attending graduate school at Minot State University and Sarah, attending the University of North Dakota; seven siblings, Danita Podach of Forest, Anthony (Kim) of Green Springs, Matthew (Christine) of Republic, Jerome (Laura) of Tiffin, Dr. Louise Miller of Wooster, Dr. Timothy (Julie) of Medina and Maria (Aaron) Scherger of Tiffin; two sisters-in-law, Kristy of Tiffin and Catherine of Mingo Junction; father-in-law, Harley Olson of Bottineau, North Dakota; a brother-in-law, Donavon (Sue) Olson of West Fargo, North Dakota; a sister-in-law, Karinda Rousseau of Las Vegas, Nevada; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Mercedes; mother-in-law, Karen Olson; two brothers, Francis and Philip, captain, USAF; and a brother-in-law, Steve Olson.
He was raised and educated in Bettsville, graduating from Bettsville High School in 1983. While in high school, he was active in basketball, cross country and track. He also was involved in 4-H and Junior Leadership and Recreation Club. After high school, he attended Kent State University where he was active in Air Force ROTC. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology in 1987. Upon graduation, Ed was commissioned a second lieutenant in the USAF, entered undergraduate navigator training and earned his flight wings as a B-52 Electronic Warfare Officer. He served his nation for 20 years, participating in multiple combat deployments. He was stationed at Minot AFB, Fort Drum in upstate New York and Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. After his retirement in 2007, he worked at Menard’s in the cabinet and appliance department. He later became a B-52 simulator system operator at Minot AFB, a job he held until his death.
Ed was very active in First Baptist Church in Minot, North Dakota, serving as an usher and working with AWANA. His hobbies and interests were widespread. He was involved in 4-H as a club leader and council member, and a member of both the Minot Magic Squares square dancing club and the ND Beekeepers Association. He raised rabbits, chickens, and bees, with an insatiable curiosity to always learn more and a contagious enthusiasm as he discussed them with others. He loved the outdoors.
Family was very important to Ed. He will be remembered and missed for his crazy sense of humor, the way he could bring joy to any room, and his willingness to drop everything without hesitation to help anyone.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, North Dakota.
His funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Minot, North Dakota.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Those wishing to sign an online guest register are asked to visit www.thompsonlarson.com and share memories.
Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, North Dakota, is in charge of arrangements.