Roy Edward Miller (80) was born in Ellendale, ND on January 12, 1943. He attended Kentner Township Country School through the 7th grade and graduated from Ellendale High School in 1960. At the age of 14, Roy met and dated Virginia Rudolph of Fullerton, ND. He married his bride of 61 years on July 30, 1961, in Ellendale. Roy worked as a farm hired hand and then relocated to Denver, CO in 1963 where Roy received 2 years of vocational training in drafting and welding. Roy enjoyed many activities such as both water and snow skiing, fishing, camping, caving, enduro racing, jeeping, snowmobiling, and blazing new trails in the mountains on motor bike. In 1971 he moved his wife and two children to Rifle, CO where he and a friend started a painting business as well as vegetable farming and sales with his wife. In 1975 upon his father’s retirement from farming, he returned to the family farm in ND to purchase the home quarter building a dairy herd and small grain business together with Virginia and then later joined by his brother Donald and wife Elva who returned from Georgia. When necessary, Roy took other employment opportunities in door-to-door Christian book sales, framing houses and spent many winters employed by Innes Construction, constructing signage in new Menards stores. Roy was seriously injured in a farm accident while welding during the harvest of 1980. His brother and many neighboring farmers in the area completed the season’s harvest whilst he was hospitalized for 35 days. In 1987 his son Kirk, joined the farming business and they worked side by side until Roy’s health was compromised by Parkinson’s Disease. He fell asleep peacefully in Jesus on Thursday, March 16th at the Benedictine Living Community-Ellendale. He will be buried at the Ellendale City Cemetery at a later date. He is preceded in death by both parents Arthur and Olive (Hill) Miller and is succeeded by his wife Virginia, Ellendale, ND; brothers Donald (Elva), Arvada, CO; Delbert, Sparks, NV; and sister Sherry (Ron) Fingarson of Lake Park, MN; Children Kirk (Theresa), Ellendale, ND; Kerry (Wayne) Hample, Wenatchee, WA; Grandchildren Shalyn, MaKayla (Logan), Sierra (Kent), Liz, Mary, and Sarah; and awaiting the birth of first great granddaughter in July.
The funeral service is 2:30pm Saturday, March 25, 2023. Visitation is 3pm Friday with a prayer service at 5:30pm and visitation beginning again 1pm Saturday until time of service. All services are held at New Life Assembly of God Church formerly the Ellendale Seventh-day Adventist Church 720 3rd St N., Ellendale. Burial will be held in the spring at Ellendale City Cemetery. The service will be live-streamed at hovenfuneralchapel.com on Roy’s obituary page. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Benedictine Living Community of Ellendale.