Rodney Michael Miller
Tuesday, August 9, 1938
Date of Death:
Friday, October 30, 2020
82 years old
Rodney Michael Miller
Rodney Michael Miller, 82, died peacefully on October 30, 2020 with his wife at his side.
Rod was born August 9, 1938 in Rochester to Anker and Ragnhild Miller. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1956. Following high school, Rod served in the army for six years. While stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he met and married Veda Hunsley. They returned to Rochester where he worked at IBM until early retirement in 1991 and coached in Rochester City League. They lived and raised three sons in Rochester.
Rod enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting pool for at least 40 years, ushering for over 40 years at Mayo Civic Center for events, and was a lifetime member of the Eagles. He also enjoyed visiting VFWs and casinos, and watching his grandson, Henry, race in motocross. He kept track of and talked to his grandchildren frequently.
Rodney is survived by his wife of 62 years, Veda; sons, Lonnie and Dennis (Kim) of Rochester; grandchildren, Alyssa of Pine Island and Henry of Rochester; brother, Anker (LaVonne) of Kasson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Garry; his parents; nephew, Michael; and niece, Cheryl.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Rev. Kim Kyllo officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester. There will be a luncheon at the Eagles Club immediately following the burial.
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Veda, so sorry to hear about Rods passing.
Our thoughts and prayers and are with you and your family in your loss of Rod. May you find comfort in your faith, your memories, and the love and support of family and friends.
Vince and Ginny Stienessen
Veda, Dennis, Kim, Lonnie, Alyssa and Henry and entire family:
Please accept my sincere condolences for your big loss. He was one of a kind and I shall miss him.
It will be hard after over 40 years not to see him working in your yard or hear his straightforward opinions on various matters. He was not shy about sharing what he had to say in his colorful way.
He and Kevin got along great but loved to taunt one another at Christmas time when it came to outdoor decorations. It started out as a competition until Kevin decided to accept defeat after throwing out this comment "your place looks like Vegas, not Christmas"!
He was always willing to be helpful and especially after Kevin died. Kevin and I were fortunate to have you and Rod for neighbors, the best ever!
With prayers and love
I was very sorry to hear of Rod's passing I worked with him at the Civic Center for a number of years. We got along well and enjoyed working together. We also would run into each other at the Eagles from time to time and enjoy a drink together. I will miss those times. He was very proud of his family and talked about them with love. I can say Rod will be missed by many at the Civic Center. He had a lot of friends.
Veda- I am so sorry to hear of Rod's passing. I always enjoyed chatting with the both of you when you came into Whistle Binkies. It was always a better day to see you and Rod. I appreciated that Rod almost always had correct change in his pocket. I will have fond memories of my time with Rod.
God Bless and condolences
Veda I’m so sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. I enjoyed shooting against in the Monday Night Funsters Pool League.
For many years, I had the privilege of working with Rod. He was one of the good guys - always reliable, trustworthy, calm, steady and professional. Some may believe that serving as an usher is a simple, uncomplicated role, but I disagree. Ushers are often put in difficult positions requiring a quick decisions. Because ushers are sometimes the only contact guests encounter, they play a vital role in assuring positive experiences and event success. Rob was a natural. He was relaxed and made everyone feel comfortable. Guys like Rob made a job seem less like working, and more like a casual get together.
I offer my sincere sympathy. The world was a better place because of Rod.
Donna Drews, Retired Mayo Civic Center Director
Veda & family, our thoughts & prayers go out to you in this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy. If you need anything please contact us, we are there for you. We had some good times. He will be greatly missed.💖😭💞🙏💕😂❤️😍🙏🙏
So sorry to hear about the loss of Rod. He was a great husband and great father and great grandpa. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and Prayers are with you Veda and all of the Miller family🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏