Dale G. Miller, 90, of Washington, KS, passed away in Salina, KS, on March 15, 2023. He was born August 17, 1932, in Haddam, KS, to Vern and Florence (Sprague) Miller. In 1951, he graduated from Haddam High School and worked with his dad in a Ford garage in Haddam. This instilled a love and loyalty to the brand that he carried throughout his life. On June 15, 1952, he married Clara (Spence) Miller. Dale and Clara were blessed with two children, Clyde Miller and Carol Fischer. Dale served in Army and during the Korean War from 1953-54. They spent the early years of their marriage living in Haddam and Washington where he worked moving heavy equipment. They later settled in Clay Center, KS, where they made their home for a number of years. Dale continued his work with the trucking and heavy machinery field working for Forkener Construction, managing the truck shop for Hutchinson Manufacturing, working for the state of Kansas in the highway maintenance shop, and finally working part time for Carlson Trucking after his retirement. Dale had four grandchildren, Brandon, Shane, Sarah, and Scott, and two great-grandchildren, Colten and Ashlyn. He enjoyed cars and traveling and in their spare time he and Clara could be found combining the two taking road trips in their camper. He especially loved taking trips to Colorado, sharing adventures with family and friends alike. It wasn’t uncommon to see Dale about town giving his grandkids tractor rides or sitting in the yard with his pipe in hand while Clara tended her garden. After retirement they moved to Washington, KS and continued their travels, visiting friends and family, attending Scottish Festivals, fairs, and camping at the lake. He was honored to be present in Washington D.C. for the opening of the Korean War Memorial and later traveling back with the Honor Flight organization. After the loss of Clara Dale moved to Salina with his son and spent the last year enjoying time with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; daughter, Carol; brother, Donnie; and parents. He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his son, Clyde and daughter in law Pat Miller, Salina KS; his son-in-law, Jerry Fischer, Phillipsburg KS; grandchildren, Shane, Sarah, and Scott Miller, all of Salina, KS, Brandon Fischer and wife Tara, and great-grandchildren Colten and Ashlyn Fischer. all of Alma NE. The family would like to extend its deepest thanks and appreciation to the Veterans Association of Salina, KS, Interim Health and all their employees who provided so much care, compassion, and support to Dale and the entire family. Visitation was at Ward Funeral Home on Sunday March 19, from 3 to 8 p.m., and the family received visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service was held at Ward Funeral Home at Noon on Monday, March 20. A luncheon followed immediately after the funeral. Private burial with military honors followed in the Haddam City Cemetery. Those who were unable to attend can view a livestream of the service on the Ward Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested in Dale’s name for future designation to the Kansas Honor Flight Organization. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral home, 115 W 2nd St., Washington, KS 66968.
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