Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Obituary - Calvin Lee Miller
Calvin was born in Prior, Oklahoma on October 7,1943 to Theodore and Genetta (Tuell) Miller. The Miller family moved from Oklahoma to their dairy farm north of Iantha, MO in 1946. He more than likely began driving a tractor soon after the age of five. He attended a one-room schoolhouse and later attended and graduated from Liberal schools in Liberal, MO in 1961. Stories are told of how he and his siblings walked to school in the rain, sleet, snow, and sunshine. Calvin married Janet Rives on August 4, 1963 in the Iantha Baptist Church. Calvin and Janet remained residents of the Iantha community. First and foremost, Calvin was a farmer. He was well versed in the art of farming and was called on by many neighbors for help with such things as artificial insemination and fixing tractors. He loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren about the outdoors. While farming, he worked in a variety of places including McNally Pittsburgh Foundry, Robertson’s Dairy, Iantha MFA Coop, and he was the night manager at Walmart for 15 years, but working on the farm was his life’s calling. He loved to yodel, whistle, and sing bass. He loved to make people laugh. Calvin will be remembered by his neighbors as always willing to lend a helping hand. Calvin is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Janet, of the home; children, LeAnna and husband David Judd of Middletown, VA; Lorie and husband Rob Harris of Bolivar, MO; Lisa and husband Ken Diehl of Omaha, NE; grandchildren Calvin James and Bradley Sumpter; Kellie and Aaron Larson, Steven and Jordan Harris, and Caleb and Jamie Harris; Shelby and Mike Knockenhauer and Adam and Mackenzie Diehl; step-grandchildren Brad Judd and Jacqueline and David Flack; great-grandchildren Eden and Darby Harris; Jack and Chloe Larson; Moxie Knockenhauer; step-great-grandchildren Mychala Riley; Keagan and Braden Judd; Olivia, Alex, Isaac, and Evan Flack; Michael and Jack Knockenhauer; siblings Lorene and Roy Sprenkle; Doyle and Judy Miller; Keith and Kathy Miller; Sharon and Henry Stout; Larry Miller; sister-in-law Joan Miller and a multitude of nieces and nephews. Calvin was preceded in death by his parents; sister and husband LaVerne and Marion Sprouls; brother and wife Kenneth and Jean Miller; brother Lloyd Miller; and sister-in-law Bell Miller. A funeral service will be held on Saturday January 29, 2022 at 10 AM at Konantz Warden Funeral Home.