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Published November 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

Karmen H. Miller

Karmen H. Miller, 92 of Fargo, died peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2013 at Villa Maria Nursing Home with his children at his side.

Karmen H. Miller was born on September 8, 1921 to Emma and Leonard Miller at Davenport, ND. In 1922 the family purchased a farm near Marion, ND, where Karmen was raised and worked with his father and brothers. During his school years, Karmen was a starter on the basketball team, sang in a men’s quartet for community affairs, played trumpet in the band and raised and showed Angus steers with his 4-H club. The family attended Grace EUB Church where Karmen participated in the youth program and represented the church in a Summer Assembly at Jamestown College.

Karmen H. Miller

Karmen H. Miller, 92 of Fargo, died peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2013 at Villa Maria Nursing Home with his children at his side.

Karmen H. Miller was born on September 8, 1921 to Emma and Leonard Miller at Davenport, ND. In 1922 the family purchased a farm near Marion, ND, where Karmen was raised and worked with his father and brothers. During his school years, Karmen was a starter on the basketball team, sang in a men’s quartet for community affairs, played trumpet in the band and raised and showed Angus steers with his 4-H club. The family attended Grace EUB Church where Karmen participated in the youth program and represented the church in a Summer Assembly at Jamestown College.

After graduation from Marion High School, Karmen attended Western Union College in LaMars, Iowa for a year where he took courses in radar. After returning to the farm for nine months, he joined the Navy and reported for boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Chicago, Illinois. Further assignments took him to Endicott, Rhode Island and Camp Parks, California. After being transferred to the Navy Sea Bees, he finished his military duty working on a fog lifting system at the Navy Air Base at Arcata, California. During that assignment, Lorna Schwanke traveled from North Dakota to wed Karmen at the base chapel on September 19, 1945. Karmen was honorably discharged from service at the end of August, 1946.

After his service, the couple settled in Fargo, ND while Karmen studied agriculture at NDSU. During that time he also farmed rented land near Averill, MN and by 1950 had purchased nearby acreage which became the family’s home for more than 35 years. Karmen raised sugar beets, small grains, corn, sunflowers and soybeans. In later years, he became an award-winning salesman for Pioneer Seed Company. In 1984 Karmen and Lorna retired to a new home in Fargo as son Michael took over operation of the farm.

Karmen and his wife had enjoyed a marriage of 60 years when she preceded him in death in 2005. For over 30 years they traveled to many foreign countries and almost all states including Hawaii and Alaska. From August 1946 until their deaths, they were faithful members of Calvary EUB Church in Fargo (now Calvary UMC).

He is survived by his son, David (Vicki) of Northfield, MN; daughter, Mary (David M., Jr.) Kramer of Chaska, MN; daughter-in-law, Peggy Miller of Fargo; two grandchildren, Matthew B. Miller of Maple Grove, MN and Gillian M. Kramer of Chaska, MN. He was also preceded in death by his son, Michael J. Miller.

Memorials may be made to Great Plains Food Bank or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Visitation: Friday, November 15th from 5-7 pm and also one hour prior the service on Saturday at West Funeral Home, West Fargo.

Prayer Service: Friday at 7:00 pm at West Funeral Home.

Memorial Service: Saturday, November 16th at 10:30 am at West Funeral Home, West Fargo.

Final Resting Place: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.

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