Lyle J. Miller — Preston

PRESTON — The funeral for Lyle J. Miller will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Preston United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Don Malinsky officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Preston.

Mr. Miller, 77, of Preston, died Friday (Nov. 3, 2006) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Born Nov. 10, 1928, in Bristol Township, Fillmore County, his family moved to Preston. In 1946, he graduated from Preston Public School, where he participated in football, basketball and baseball. He served in the Navy from 1946 to 1948 in the Pacific. He returned to Preston where he worked for the Hans Jorgensen Co. as a construction worker; for the Preston Creamery; and then for Northwestern Bell as a lineman and toll technician for 35 years until his retirement in 1986. Following his retirement, he worked for a number of businesses in Preston. He married JoAnn Kneeskern on May 19, 1957, in Preston. He was a lifelong member of the Preston United Methodist Church, serving as Trustee, usher and co-chair of the annual Cod Fish Supper for many years. He was a volunteer fireman for 31 years, served as mayor of Preston for five years and was a member of the Preston Utility Commission for 10 years. He was also a member of the Crown Hill Cemetery Board for 45 years and the Preston VFW; was a co-founding coach for the Preston Youth Fastpitch Softball; and enjoyed his family, pitching slow-pitch softball for the firemen until age 50, bowling for the firemen, fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Barb (Lynn) Scheevel of Preston and Kathy (Mark) Revord of Minneapolis; a son, Jim of Richfield, Minn.; three sisters, Betty (LaVern) Knoepke of Preston, and Ruth (Bill) Fischer and Marcia (Dave) Rappe, both of Rochester; and a brother, Jerry (Judy) of Watertown, S.D. Other survivors include four grandsons, Wade (Emily) Scheevel, Ryan Scheevel, Brett Scheevel and Jack Revord; and a granddaughter, Erin Revord. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston, and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

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