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Milferd “Pat” L. Miller

April 27, 2019 | 2 comments

Milferd “Pat” L. Miller, 86, of Dakota, MN, passed away peacefully Monday, April 22, 2019, at his home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Pat Miller, the son of Otto and Emma Miller, was born in rural Norwalk, WI, on March 5, 1933. As a young man, Pat served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Kula Gulf navigating the Captain’s gig. He married Patricia Mae Sullivan, the daughter of William and Bess Sullivan, on January 9, 1954 at First Congregational Church in La Crosse. Pat and Patricia made their home in La Crosse where Pat worked as a self-employed carpenter/painter remodeling homes, businesses and wood boats. Pat enjoyed buying buildings, remodeling them, and putting them back in business. He had a true love for wood boats, especially Chris Crafts; he restored many throughout his life. He had an uncanny knack for turning a rock into a diamond. His passion for boats continued until his last day. Pat enjoyed spending time with his family, especially on the river, and teaching his children the skills of his trade and his love of boats.

Pat is survived by his wife Patricia of 65 years; three sons, Glenn (Kelli Seyforth) of Holmen, WI; Geary (Betty) of La Crosse; and Patrick of La Crosse; two daughters, Tami (Arland) Ekern of Winona, MN; and Tara (Kevin) Nelson of Rochester, MN; 11 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Otto Jr. (Charlene) of Warrens, WI; and Ronald (Julie) of Sparta, WI.

Pat is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Gloria, and a niece, Sally.

A Celebration of Life service will be held May 11, 2019 at Coulee Region Cremation Group in Onalaska with military honors being provided by the Onalaska American Legion. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m., with the service to begin at 3 p.m., with refreshments to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Russ and Laurie Bjerke

    Condolences to the family; you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Russ and Laurie Bjerke

  2. Kelly Smith

    Our condolences and prayers to the family in this difficult time

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