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Miller, David H.

Miller, David H.

October 13, 1945 — July 21, 2020

David H. Miller, 74, died July 21, 2020, at home with his wife and daughters by his side.

A small family funeral will be held on Saturday, July 25th and he will be laid to rest in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.

David was born on October 13, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri to Clifford Wesley Miller II and Betty (Huber) Miller Davidson.

He graduated from Grandview High School and soon after, married his childhood sweetheart and bride of 55 years, Karen.

David worked for Southwestern Bell/AT&T for 35 years as an installer, lineman, and cable splicer. After he retired in 2001, he worked for Grandview School District as a bus driver until 2016.

First and foremost, David loved his Lord and Savior and his family. He also had a love for the great outdoors. He was a member of Red Bridge Baptist Church.

David is survived by his wife, Karen; two daughters and their spouses, Amy Perez (Jorge) and Laurie Bestgen (Raymond); four granddaughters, Olivia (Kent), Isabel, Aislinn (Isaac), and Delanie; two sisters Linda Qureshi (Masood) and Lisa Epstein (Joel); and brother, Richard Davidson.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother, Wesley.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Haiti Home of Hope Children’s Home at haitihomeofhope.org or mail to Red Bridge Baptist Church 4901 E. Red Bridge Rd., KCMO 64137 designated for HHH.

Service Information

A small family funeral will be held on Saturday, July 25th and he will be laid to rest in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.

Miller, David H.'s Guestbook

I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen y’all, at the family reunion, but I remember that y’all came on your boat and David took us out on it for rides. He was quiet and so nice! I know you have peace knowing that he’s with the Lord in a new body and that you will see him again, so hold on to those memories as you face difficult days and know that I and many others are lifting you up in prayer.❤️

Leslie Gian

We lived right next door to David and Karen on Winchester Ave between 2000 and 2006. You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor than David as he was always very helpful, friendly, and a pleasure to talk to over the fence. My condolences to Karen and the Miller family.

Craig Alexander

With you in thought and spirit. The family can be proud of a life well lived.

Randi Plunkett

David Miller made a lasting impression on me. I remember meeting him as I was beginning a relationship with his daughter. Unnerving. But my fears were quickly laid to rest as I discovered a man who cared deeply about the happiness of his girl. Something we quickly shared in common. Most who met David are likely to not remember the quiet, reserved, and intentional man. But those who knew him over-time discovered the deep intensity he had for God, family, his country, and the outdoors. Like a great book, the more chapters you read, the more complexity, detail, and consistency you uncovered; leading to a crescendo of deeply held principles, relationships, and practices. Those who knew him best will miss him most because he shaped us most. If David had been a cowboy (he was in heart) he would have been the steady Sherriff, a trusted neighbor, relentless herder, and innovative hunter. His kind settled the west and protected families. He was “pa” from Little House, Matt Dillon from Gun Smoke, Hoss from Bonanza, Rooster Cogburn from True Grit, and Mr. Weasly from Harry Potter (for the millennials)--- all in one person. David was not a scholar but understood things deeply. He simplified complex ideas into clear statements that sometimes would take years to understand. Like the day I asked for his daughter’s hand, he responded saying, “well, she isn’t perfect you know.” His way of saying that marriage would take more than feelings to make it work. He, of course, was right and he modeled the way. When someone needed help, David showed up to work. Not much talking, just roll up your sleeves and get it done. If it was hard, he was harder. Few things defeated his will and determination. David was driven by “can-do”, “nothing is impossible”, or “try another way”. Never give up. When he fell off a tree on a hunting trip, he carried on--- broken ribs and all. In his wake, David leaves a truck, hunting gear, boots, fishing poles, several deer heads, a collection of knives, a well-worn Bible, a handful of friends, and a reminder that in this imperfect world, we can find perfection if we add healthy servings of faith, love, work, and deer sausage to our lives. In addition, he leaves behind two amazing daughters who he was incredibly proud of, several granddaughters he adored, siblings and many nieces, nephews and cousins; and the love of his life-- Karen. Whom he teased as childhood friends and learned to love as a life partner. Beyond his quiet exterior, fierce loyalty, and unwavering stubbornness, David modeled love, generosity, caring, and reliability. The impact of his life is evidenced by the sorrow and pain in our hearts, and by the void he has left in our lives. David lived out the words of the prophet Micah: “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what the Lord requires of you. -- To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Our world would be so much better if more of us followed his way. Until we see you again! Adios and Godspeed!

Jorge Perez

David Miller was a friend and brother in the Lord. I always appreciated his straight-forward approach to life. He was known by all to be a faithful husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mostly, a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. David will always be remembered.

Pastor Vic Borden

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