Elmer L. Miller, Jr.

July 2, 1940 - December 6, 2019


Visitation: Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-7 p.m., family present from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.
Service: Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Split Rock Lutheran Cemetery, rural Brandon, SD with a memorial service to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Grand Valley Lutheran Church, rural Canton, SD.

 On Friday, December 6, 2019, Elmer L. Miller, Jr. passed away at the age of 79.

     Elmer was born on July 2, 1940 in Sioux Falls, SD to Elmer Sr. and Colette (Brennan) Miller. He attended and graduated from Brandon High School, Brandon, SD. After high school he joined the Air Guard. On February 26, 1960, he married Diane R. Nordstrom. They raised three daughters Lisa, Rochelle and Andrea. The early years of married life Elmer and Diane lived in Sioux Falls where he was employed by Sunshine Foods. After a few years they moved to Granite, IA where he farmed with his dad.

     In 1967, the family moved to the Worthing/Canton area where he continued to farm and raise livestock. After years of farming and also working at Miller Loaders, a family owned business, he sold the farm. For the next 16 years he worked for the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, SD. Starting out as a Correctional Officer and retiring as a Unit Manager. After retirement Elmer went to work for Gary’s Gun Shop, also in Sioux Falls, where he enjoyed another 16 years of selling and sharing his knowledge of guns and ammunition.

     He enjoyed many hobbies throughout his lifetime. Elmer loved his quarter horses, especially Dolly and Joker. He spent many hours training, showing and judging local horse shows. He and Diane also enjoyed snowmobiling, riding motorcycle and driving their corvette with friends in the Sioux Falls Corvette Club. He grew up hunting and later in life took up competitive shooting traveling to various shooting events throughout the United States.

     He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Diane; daughters, Lisa (Jeff) Sweeter, Rochelle (Arden) Sweeter, Andrea (Bob) Miller-Bingen; grandchildren, Jared (Kylie) Sweeter, Cody (Jenea) Sweeter, Blake (Kris) Sweeter, Chelsea Sweeter, Brittany (Jason) Haan, Zach Bingen and Andrew Bingen; great grandchildren, Cash Sweeter, Hadley Sweeter, Coy Sweeter, Kitiri Sweeter, Kirby Sweeter and Kolsen Sweeter; brother, Tom (Carol) Miller; sister-in-law, Darla Nordstrom, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. Proceeded in death by his parents, Elmer Sr. and Colette (Brennan) Miller; in-laws, Andy Nordstrom and Gwenolyn (Swenson) Nordstrom, brother-in-law Greg Goodson and his dogs.

     A special thank you to the nursing staff of Sanford Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD and Sanford Canton Inwood Hospital, Canton, SD for their loving care and support during his final days.

    Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 11 at Split Rock Lutheran Cemetery, rural Brandon, SD with a memorial service to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Grand Valley Lutheran Church, rural Canton, SD. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 10, from 2-7 p.m. with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Canton, SD. Memorials may be directed to the Sioux Falls Humane Society.

    Elmer will be missed by his family and friends for his quick wit and sense of humor.

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  1. dear miller family im am very sad to hear that that Elmer died even though i didn’t come over very often to visit i hope to see you guys soon and visit you Diane

  2. Aunt Diane, Lisa, Rochelle, and Andrea, We still can not believe that he is gone. Our heart breaks for you all. We are so very very sorry for you loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all so very much. We are sorry we could not make it to be with you during this time.

  3. Lisa and Rochelle,
    My greatest condolences on the passing of your father. I never got to know him but his children are world class people. May God Bless you all. Kindest regards,
    Brian Lind