Kenneth Joseph Miller, 71, of Fort Rice, ND, entered his eternal home on May 31, 2021.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Josh Waltz and Rev. Leonard Eckroth as celebrants. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 4, 2021, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with a Rosary/Parish Vigil at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Kenny was born September 8, 1949, at the Mandan Hospital to Edward and Elizabeth (Eckroth) Miller. Kenny was raised on the family farm. He walked to a one-room schoolhouse with his brothers and sisters and attended Mandan High School. He met the love of his life, Bonnie, at a wedding dance and they were married in 1973. Kenny and Bonnie continued the family farm operation with family, faith, and conservation as the cornerstones. They raised their five children on the farm where they instilled the importance of hard work and integrity.
While farming and ranching, Kenny was employed with the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District (BCSCD), as a District Technician for eleven years. Ken had the opportunity to meet with many producers, with a joint goal of improving soil health. He gained many friends throughout the country while working for the BCSCD. Kenny was most proud of being a mentor with the North Dakota Grazing Land Coalition which enabled him to share his story and experience.
Ken enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, skiing, and softball. Most of all he loved to spend time with his family and always offered a smiling face when it was most needed. Kenny was always willing to lend a hand. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he didn’t miss an event.
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Bonnie (Dirk); children, Melissa (Jesse) Karabensh, Michael (Heather) Miller, Kimberly (Kyle) Humann, Carrie Miller, Ryan (Tessa) Miller; grandchildren, Madison and Nate Berger, Abigayle Johnson, Lexi Miller, Trevor Miller, Brandon Johnson, Grace Miller, Carter Humann, Asher Miller, Caleb Humann, and Zander Miller; siblings, Alice (Randy) Ruele, Patrick (Alice) Miller, Bill (Gwen) Miller, Melvin Miller, and Melinda (Richard) Miller; In-laws, Leslie (Lynette) Dirk, Andreen O’Neill, Annette (Pat) Yauney, Debbie (Paul) Martin; and many nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Elizabeth Miller; his in-laws, Rasmus and Emma Dirk; brothers-in-law, James Dirk, Nicolas Dirk, Roger Dirk, Mainard Dirk, John Bliele; sister-in-law, Diane Dirk.
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