Jim Miller, age 77, died early Saturday morning, November 3, 2012, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.
He was born January 15, 1935, at Temple, Oklahoma, the son of John and Willie (King) Miller. As a young boy he attended grade school in Meade, graduating from Meade High School in 1954. He furthered his education by attending Dodge City Junior College, graduating in 1956. He then attended NWSC in Alva, Oklahoma where he received his Masters degree. He later attended Wichita State University where he received his administrative degree. During his years at Dodge City Junior College and NWSC he played quarterback for the football teams. When he completed his studies he began his teaching and coaching career in Boise City, Oklahoma. In 1959, he moved to Plains and continued his teaching career. He later became a principal and finally as Superintendent of Southwestern Heights, serving for eighteen years before retiring in 1997. In addition to his career in education, he also farmed for several years.
He was a member of the Plains United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, Shrine Club, the Mutual Investment Club of Liberal, was a former member of the Plains Lion Club, the Meade District Hospital Board of Directors serving for eight years, and the Kansas State Activities Association. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting, shooting skeet, attending to his yard, and spending time with his family and friends.
On August 13, 1955, he married Verna Jean Wilcox at Plains, Kansas. Celebrating fifty-seven years of marriage this past August. She survives.
Other survivors include: His children, Brian Kent Miller of Clinton, Oklahoma, Dana Sue Headrick of Meade, Kansas, and Kerry Vernon Miller of Dodge City, Kansas; A brother, Roy Miller of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Six grandchildren, James Tyler Headrick, Bryan Cole Miller, Katie Faye Annis, Sydney Bren Headrick, Lee Taylor Headrick, and Kameron Leon Miller; Two great-granddaughters, Kinley Rae Miller and Avery Jean Annis.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Bill Miller, Ralph Miller and a twin brother, Donald Miller.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at the Plains United Methodist Church with the Reverend Keith Schadel presiding. Interment followed in the Plains Cemetery, Plains.
The family would welcome memorials to the Meade District Hospital or the Plains United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com