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Eldon Leroy Miller

"Butch" Miller

Born - April 25, 1940

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Married - June 15, 1963

Grace Lutheran Church

Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colorado

Died - November 8, 2014

His Home

Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas

Buried - November 14, 2014

Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery

Phillips County, Kansas



Eldon "Butch" Miller


Eldon L. (Butch) Miller, son of Ellsworth J. "Mike" and Hilda B. Merklein Miller, was born in Stuttgart, Kansas on April 25, 1940, and died at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer. He attended grade school in Stuttgart, Kansas, graduated from high school in Phillipsburg, Kansas, then immediately enlisted in the Navy. On June 15, 1963 he was united in marriage to Beverly Cole at the Grace Lutheran Church in Englewood, Colorado. To this union three daughters were born: Kelly, Amy, and Wendy. Butch served in the Navy for 4 years aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. After being honorably discharged he returned to Kansas and worked for Winchellís, Inc. and then became an oil field pumper up until one and a half months before his death. He retired in May, 2007 from K-N Energy, where he worked for 13 years. He also served on the Kansas Biggest Rodeo Committee for 23 years. Butch enjoyed spending time with family, camping, fishing, hunting and woodworking, but most of all making his famous Kraut. After his retirement from K-N Energy he devoted a lot of time helping remodel the Stuttgart School House, where he attended school as a boy and which is now called the Stuttgart Community Center, Inc. Preceding him in death were his parents, grandchildren Johnny & Lauren Shaw, and father-in-law Eugene Cole. Survivors include his wife, Beverly of the home; three daughters: Kelly Bohl and husband, Doyle, of rural Phillipsburg; Amy Stephen and husband, Gary, of Phillipsburg; and Wendy Shaw and husband, J.P., of rural Glade; a sister, Shirley Vanderplas (Billye) of Phillipsburg and a brother, Lannie Miller (Judy) of Lake View, Iowa; mother- in-law, Della Cole of Englewood, Colorado; six grandchildren: Tyler and Courtney Bohl, Skylar and Karlye Stephen, and Whitney and Maggie Shaw; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. Butch will be greatly missed by his family and many, many friends.

Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be held Friday, November 14, at 2:00 p.m. in the Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stuttgart, KS with Pastors Joel Hiesterman and George Candea-Kromm officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Stuttgart, with military honors by the U. S. Navy.





Wife - Beverly (Cole) Miller

Married - June 16, 1963



Daughter - Kelly (Miller) Bohl

Born - October 9,  1964

Husband - Doyle E. Bohl

Born - September 12, 1958


Daughter - Amy (Miller) Stephen

Born -  August 7,  1972

Husband - Gary Stephen


Daughter - Wendy S. (Miller) Shaw

Born - December 27, 1973

Husband - J.P. Shaw



Sister - Shirley (Miller) Vanderplas

Born - September 6, 1938

Husband - Billy Vanderplas

Married - September 6, 1958



Brother - Lannie Miller

Born - August 27, 1951

Wife - Judy (McClellan) Miller

Married - February 2, 1974



Father - Ellsworth Johann Freidrich Mueller

Mother - Hilda Barbette Elisabeth (Merklein) Miller





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