LA CRESCENT — Alfred F. Miller, 81, of rural La Crescent, passed away peacefully at Valley View Healthcare and Rehab Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.
Alfred was born Oct. 14, 1935, in Hokah, to John and Helen (Morman) Miller. He graduated from St. Peter’s High School in Hokah, Class of 1953. He married Barbara Esch Sept. 18, 1965, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Caledonia.
Alfred farmed and also worked at Potter Cheese Factories, Hokah, and later at Great Lakes Cheese in Onalaska, Wis. He was also a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Council #5115 in La Crescent. During his retirement, he enjoyed giving back to the community through volunteer work. He volunteered many hours at St. Peter’s School and delivered Meals on Wheels. He also spent lots of time visiting the elderly and the sick in the community. For years, Alfred made rosaries out of Jobs tears grown in his garden, which he proudly gave away to anyone who needed one and also to the children of the Tri-Parish, who were making their first communion. Card playing, gardening, and watching a good ball game were some other activities that Alfred enjoyed. Faith, family, and friends were all very important to Alfred who worked diligently to instill this in all of the lives he was a part of.
Alfred is survived by his loving family; wife, Barb; two children and grandchildren, Tony (Becky) Miller of rural LaCrescent, Helen (Travis) Bollinger of rural Rushford; Jordyn Holland and Terence Bollinger. Alfred is also survived by four siblings, Donna (Ernie) Sloan of Hokah, MN, Jim (Glenda) Miller of Caledonia, Irene (Darrell) Schimek of Kenosha, Wis., and Carolyn (Will) Winchester of Mt. Pleasant, Wis.; brothers and sisters-in-law, John (Donna) Esch of Dorchester, Iowa, Peter (Betty) Esch and Joesph Esch of Caledonia; also many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he greatly loved and enjoyed spending time with.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, John “Jack” C. Miller; father and mother-in-law, Heron and Elizabeth Esch.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Hokah. Fr. Pratap R. Salibindla will officiate and burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Hokah. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church, where a rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia, is assisting the family with arrangements.