Ronald Dean Miller, 84 year old retired farmer, dairyman, and rancher died Wednesday, October 6, 2016. He was an active member of the Woodward First Baptist Church where the Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday the 10th day of October, 2016. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery immediately following his celebration of life.
Ronald was born at home in Woodward County and attended Peace Country School through 4th grade. He then transferred to and graduated from Sharon High School in 1950, where Ron was active in baseball and was elected Vice President of his senior class. The following year, he attended Oklahoma Baptist University and in May of 1954 he completed his education at Panhandle Agriculture and Mechanical College earning a Bachelors of Science Degree in Agriculture.
Marlene Lucinda Halley became his wife on December 26, 1954. They made their home on the family farm 5 miles west of Sharon until Ron was drafted into the Army in 1955. He was stationed in Ft Meade, Maryland for most of his tour and served with the 2nd Armored Calvary. When Ron was released from the army, he and Marlene returned to the farm in Woodward and operated a Grade A Dairy for 22 years. Ron raised cattle and worked the land he loved until reaching retirement. Through Ron's life, he also spent years working for Union Underwear as well as North River Supply.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene of the home; three children: Rhonda Knight and husband Lea of Rosenburg, Texas; Roger Miller and wife, Paula of Grove, and Maleea Babbidge of Huntsville, Alabama; one brother, C.W. Miller and wife, Mary Anita, of Perryton, Texas, and one sister, Darlene Seals of Enid; Twelve grandchildren: Logan Knight, Kayce Rice, Laura Knight, Roman Knight, Tara Henry, Ryan Miller, Kinzie Peine, Braxton Babbidge, Tiffknee Wilson, Paige Miller, Mason Babbidge, Dillan Miller and twelve great grandchildren. Ron was proceeded in death by his parents, Clifford W. and Alta Mildred White Miller of Woodward and a sister Vina Miller Neal of Mooreland.
As a devoted family man, he enjoyed spending time with his beloved children, grandchildren and great grandchildren making popcorn, singing, sharing stories, and teaching life lessons. Ron led by example and walked in God's grace and strength, he will be greatly missed.
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Published on October 10, 2016