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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Obituary - Ted R. Miller

Ted R. Miller of Kansas City, Missouri peacefully passed away at The University of Kansas Medical Center on Monday October 12, 2020 at the age of 69 after a short but hard-fought battle with widely metastatic lung cancer.

In his last few moments on our Earth, he was with his loving wife Elaine Miller, his daughters Tacee Walker and Tara Miller, his mother Colleen Miller, son in law Steven Walker and all 6 of his grandchildren Francis, William, Jonah, Joseph, Leslie and Charlotte.

Ted was born in Iowa in 1951 to Duane and Colleen Miller. He grew up in Kansas City and then Independence, Missouri. He and Elaine met and began their more than half a century love affair in 1968.

Ted was no stranger to working hard. He was an entrepreneur at heart and although he was successful in business and thrilled to be able to retire from American Family, he also immediately set up his home office in their home. He loved music and even spent time as a professional trumpet player in his personally lead quintet. Although his love of making music waxed and waned throughout his life, his eclectic appreciation of music never faltered.

His love of his family and music could only be matched by his love for God. He committed his life to Christ and believed strongly that God equips the called. He gracefully shared with is doctor that he was not afraid to die and shared with us in his last days that he had always wanted to meet Jesus, now he was going to have that opportunity. Romans 10:13 “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” His strength in his faith is something that many will remember him for.

Ted was a dedicated husband and father and he adored his grandchildren. He will be remembered for his smile and distinct laughter when in their presence. He enjoyed teaching them to play pool, BBQ, drive a standard (too fast) and most recently teach his granddaughter how to win against her brothers at Texas hold’em.

We will plan a celebration of life service in 2021, when we can all be together to remember and honor his memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN- an organization close to his heart and ours. These may be sent directly in his loving memory or sent to Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701.