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Obituary for Ralph L. Miller

March 24, 1931 – June 24, 2023

Ralph L. Miller, 92, went to bed and woke up in Heaven on June 24.

Ralph L. Miller
Ralph L. Miller

Ralph was born in Greenville, Mich., on March 24, 1931. His parents Viggo and Jennie (nee: Meltesen) Miller raised him on a farm in Trufant, Mich. While he was a young boy, the family moved to Racine. Setting pins in a bowling alley and peddling newspapers were ways that he earned money in his youth. He was in the Army stationed in Germany during the Korean War in 1953 to 1955. Driving and caring for the Jeep of the company commander was his start of keeping a meticulous automobile.

On June 2, 1956, Ralph was united in marriage to Delores Poulsen at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, who preceded him in death on May 9, 2017. They nurtured and guided three daughters. Ralph was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church and later the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. He was a supervisor at Osters, Hamilton Beach and Astronautics Corporation of America. After 25 years at ACA, he retired in 1993.

Bowling (The XO’s) and golfing were some activities he enjoyed. Trips to Denmark to see both Delores’ and his family were highlights. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s school, church and sports activities. The Brewers, Packers and Bucks were his favorite teams to follow on TV. The annual family camp weekend at Point Beach was a special time for all. Games of all varieties were great family pastimes. He had the privilege to be a participant on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

His recent pastimes had been puzzle making, peonies and sunflowers gardening and volunteer tombstone edger and shiner of 36 graves at West Lawn Cemetery. His favorite restaurant was Meli Cafe where all the waitresses knew his order: a waffle with strawberries, whipped cream and a side of extra crispy bacon.

He will be dearly missed by his children, Crystal Gillmore, Starr Cannon, Jocelyn (David) Standiford; grandchildren, Rhonda Drager, Matthew (Hannah) Gillmore, Nolan Cannon, Candace (Spencer) Gedemer, Tess (Steve) Ten Cate, Faryn (Jason) Jahnke, Yannah (Matthew) Rosenquist, and Raymond (Johnna) Standiford; great-grandchildren, Colette and Charlie Drager, Michael, Silas and Elowyn Gillmore, Jaxson Gedemer, Ira and Luella Jahnke, Josephine and Micah Rosenquist; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings and their spouses, Don (Louise) Miller, Eula (Warren) Barrows, Hallie (Art) Petersen; nephew, Tod Petersen; and son-in-law, Daniel Cannon.


Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 4 until 7 p.m. on June 30. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m. on July 1 at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Amundson officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight or to Alzheimer’s Association designated for research have been suggested.

A very special thank you to all Froedtert medical doctors and staff who helped Ralph on his medical life journey.

Ralph L. Miller’s funeral service will be available via livestream. Later viewing is an option as well.

Ralph L. Miller
Ralph L. Miller – Life Panel® courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home

Obituary and photo courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.

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