SESSER — Barren Township Road Commissioner, Roy Lynn Miller, 69, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, surrounded by the loving care of his family.
Roy was born May 17, 1950, to Harold Glenn and Wanda Miller, in Christopher.
He grew up in Rend City with his brothers, Jim and Evan Miller. The son of a coal miner and farmer, his childhood was that of a typical, working-class American youth. The work ethic and values he learned in his childhood remained with him throughout his life, and he worked hard to provide for his family and instill those lessons to the future generations of his family.
Roy married his wife of 51 years, Signa (Page), on July 6, 1968. They put down roots in Sesser near their respective families, where they remained for the remainder of their life together. They had three children, Russell, Carrie, and Lane. Much like his father, Roy began a life of a coal miner and farmer. Although he retired from mining after 35 years, he continued to operate his family farm with his son, Lane for the remainder of his life. Roy truly loved farming and raising cattle.
Roy was also passionate about drag racing with his sons, Russell and Lane. While he thoroughly enjoyed working on the car and prepping it for the drag strip, he enjoyed watching his boys win even more. Anyone who knew Roy will recall the twinkle in his eyes after a great weekend at the track. If you asked him how they did at the track over the weekend, he would reply “we put ‘em all on the trailer and sent ‘em home.” Anyone who knew Roy also knew that he could repair or restore absolutely anything. Roy's mechanical skills and abilities were second-to-none. Friends and neighbors knew where to go if they needed help with a repair that may have been a bit more than they could handle on their own. Roy's workshop in his barn was probably his favorite place to be. It is easy for many of us to picture him working in his shop wearing his well-worn and well-loved Carhartt coveralls.
Throughout his life, some of Roy's various achievements include 33 years as a Barren township Road Commissioner, member of Goode Lodge 744 and a lifelong member of Rend City Baptist Church.
Roy is survived by his wife, Signa; his daughter, Carrie Miller; his son, Lane Miller and wife Joanna; granddaughter, Jordan Miller Evrard and husband, Brandon; two very dear grandsons, Keaton and Brantley Miller; one beloved great-granddaughter, Madalyn Evrard; his brother, Jim Miller and wife, Carolyn; sister-in-law, Dixie Miller; and father-in-law, Olen Page. He also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.
Roy was preceded in death by his son, Russell Miller; his father, Harold Glenn Miller; his mother, Wanda Veach Miller Coffman; his brother, Evan Miller; his nephew, Jimmy Miller; mother-in-law, Alberta Page; his stepfather, Floyd Coffman; and brother by heart, Dan Page.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Saturday. Roy will be laid to rest in Masonic-Odd Fellow Cemetery in Benton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.