Kevin Franklin Miller, Sr., 65, of Casey (and a former East sider) passed away July 11, 2023, at his home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 14, 2023, at Johnson Family Funeral Home & Crematory – Stuart Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com. Kevin’s service will be live streamed on Friday and can be accessed through Facebook.com/Johnsonfamilyfh.com.
Kevin was born September 21, 1957, in Des Moines to Albert and Patsy (Hall) Miller. Kevin’s father passed away prior to his birth, and at an early age he went to live with his grandparents Margaret (Granny) and Emery Ward on the eastside of Des Moines where he attended East High School. Kevin spent many of his early years working as a truck driver delivering furniture for Pidgeon’s Furniture and Appliance, and delivering soda through Des Moines and many of the surrounding towns with Pepsi Co. It was on his Pepsi delivery route that Kevin would eventually come to meet the love of his life, Rhonda Jo (Hodson) Miller. The couple was united in marriage on June 29, 1996 and spent the next 20 years dividing their time between their home on the East side of Des Moines and “the farm” in rural Casey, Iowa where they would eventually come to reside permanently in 2019.
Kevin enjoyed the simple things in life like riding his Harley, fishing off Scott Street Bridge with his life-long friend, Dave, watching America’s Got Talent clips on YouTube (yes, you heard that right!), collecting knives and hatchets, axe throwing, digging for coins, playing World of Tanks with his son-in-law, watching Donald Trump get indicted, reading his son’s Facebook posts, a cold glass of chocolate milk, bonfires, Tasty Tacos, blowing up stuff with Tannerite, and shooting guns. Kevin was also well known for his carpentry skills and volunteering countless hours of his time working on home improvement projects for all his friends and family. He especially enjoyed the challenge of trying to turn the never-ending whims of his mother-in-law into a reality. Kevin loved helping people, but above all else, it was the quality time he spent with family and friends that truly made his heart (and theirs) smile. If he were here today, he’d tell you that his only regret in life is not living long enough to see Donald Trump go to jail.
Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Albert Miller, his mother and stepfather, Patsy and LaVerne Cook, grandparents, Margaret and Emery Ward, cousin and “brother” Butch Alfrey, brother-in-law and close friend, Mike Hill, and one sister Julie McKeever.
Kevin leaves behind to cherish his memory his “old lady” and the light of his life for the past 27 years, Rhonda, their children, Kevin (Cindy) Miller of Pleasant Hill, Amanda (Lance) Koch of Urbandale, Lacey (Joe) Sickels of Pleasant Hill, Kacey (Travis) Peterson of Casey, and Elijah (fiancé Stephanie) Stanley of Casey along with fourteen grandchildren, Jack and Rooney Miller, Austin (Mary) Beerbower, Connor Wilson and Ava Sickels, Brenden and Brodee Swank, Hannah and Eliza Koch, Jace Peterson, Trinity and Erick Stanley, and Lili Stonehocker and Bella Manning, two great-grandchildren, Alexander and Alivia Beerbower, siblings, Pam Hill, Billy Cook, Carla Smith, Margaret Clarke, Lisa Kennedy, Patty Jorn, and David Cook, and cousin and “brother” Russ Alfrey, along with a host of extended family and friends, all of whom will miss him greatly.