1941 - 2019
A celebration of life for Charles E. “Chip” Miller, 78, of Iowa City, was held Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Iowa City with Pastor Sarah Rohret officiating. Burial was held at the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, Iowa City Hospice, or St. Mark’s United Methodist Men.
Charles Edward “Chip” Miller was born Feb. 5, 1941, in rural Johnson County, the son of Paris and Lydia (Briskey) Miller. He attended Prairie Dale School in rural Kalona.
On May 19, 1963, he was united in marriage to Karen Yoder at the Kalona United Methodist Church. Chip worked at Briskey Cabinets in Coralville, then owned and operated Miller DX station in Kalona and later moved into real estate sales for the next 40 years.
In 2012 he was honored by the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Chip served as president of the Old Capitol Sertoma Group and as a board member and fundraiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
He was a member of St. Mark’s UMC in Iowa City where he volunteered countless hours on committees and flipped countless pancakes to raise funds with the St. Mark’s United Methodist Men.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years: Karen of Iowa City; four children: Angela (David) Bywater of Iowa City, Deanna Miller of Iowa City, Jeffrey (Ashley) Miller of Asheville, N.C., and Jennifer (Brett) Johnson of Weaverville, N.C.; nine grandchildren: Emily, Megan and Adam Bywater, Elly, Sage, Betsy June and Charles “Charlie” Miller, Ben and Katie Johnson; four sisters: Anna Pfeiffer, Alma Hershberger, Sally (John) Hershberger, Marilyn (Derald) Bender; and a sister-in-law: Ruby Miller all of Kalona; and in-laws: Bev (Bill) Bauer of North Oaks, Minn., Boni Yoder of Riverside, Jim Yoder of Kalona, and Cheri (Nathan) Miller of Kalona.
Preceding Chip in death were his parents; parents-in-law: Monroe and Luella Yoder; an infant daughter; and four brothers: Owen, Henry, Milton and Robert Miller.
Peterseim Funeral Home of Kalona is caring for the family.