Elwood Gene Miller was born Jan. 19, 1934, in Wellman, Iowa, the son of Enos and Erma (Doolin) Miller. He graduated from Iowa Mennonite School in 1954. On Oct. 17, 1954, Gene was united in marriage to Edna Hochstetler at East Union Mennonite Church.
He did Civilian Public Service (1W) for two years at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Gene worked for Nagle Lumber in Iowa City for 38 years before retiring. He then worked as a crossing guard for Mid-Prairie Community Schools and did yard work for many in the community. In his later years he provided transportation for the Amish community.
Gene died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Kalona, at the age of 86 years.
Gene is survived by his wife: Edna; five children: Jerry (Lou Ann) Miller of Kalona, Evelyn (Daniel) Bender of Kalona, Calvin Miller of Round Rock, Texas, Phillip (Karol) Miller of Iowa City and Galen Miller of Kalona; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Duane (Florence) Miller of Iowa City and Dale (Carol) Miller of Iowa City; and a sister: Ermadine (Norman) Boshart of Wayland.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Elaine Earnest and Janice Blosser; and a twin brother: Eldon Dean Miller.
A private graveside service was held Friday, May 15, 2020, in the Sharon Hill Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. A memorial fund has been established for the Kalona Mennonite Church.
The Yoder-Powell Funeral Home is caring for Gene and his family.