Joseph Ronald Miller

August 24, 1942July 27, 2013


Joseph Ronald Miller, 70, died in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, July 27, 2013 after a year-long fight with lung cancer. Joe is survived by his wife of 47 years, Diane Carol, son James and his wife Ayumi, son Michael and his wife Josey, daughter Laura and her partner Joseph Sturgeon, grandchildren Naomi, Noah, Ali, Jacki, Jacob and Austin, and great-grandchild Wyatt.

Joe was born on August 24, 1942, in Pittsburgh, PA to Joseph Ronald Yakopin and Katherine (née Kanetzer). He grew up in Pittsburgh and resided in Kansas City after 1967. Joe served honorably in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and was decorated with the Army Commendation Award and Purple Heart. He was a graduate of Baker University and went on to have careers in sales, law enforcement and corrections, and entrepreneurship. Joe was an active member of both the Abdallah Shrine of Kansas City, and the Kansas City and Baldwin City Rotary Clubs. He was also a past deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Joe was a dedicated Scouter, having served as Asst. Scoutmaster, Webelos Den Leader, and past unit commander of VFW.

A visitation will be 2-3 PM Friday, August 2nd at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 4737 N Cleveland Ave, Kansas City, MO ‎where his Funeral Mass will begin at 3:00 PM. The final resting place of his remains will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The Abdallah Shriners Temple, Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts of America, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Arr’s: McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119.


  • Visitation Friday, August 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 2, 2013

Joseph Ronald Miller

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Ashley Gillespie

August 23, 2014

Dear Joe miller,

I started thinking of you today and went online in search of you to give you thanks for being such an influential person in the life of me and my younger brother, as well as several other kids in our neighborhood. You we're an all-around amazing man and you were the first role model we ever had, and a great one I must say. I could write a novel on how wonderful you were but I'll just say my goodbyes. Thank you for everything, I will NEVER forget you!
P.S..You're wife Diane was a light in my dim as well, If you ever read this, Thank you also Diane Miller, you're a special woman.

Josey Miller

August 18, 2013

ariel sobelman

August 11, 2013

I'm sorry for your loss. I've known James for the last few years and sadly followed Joseph's illness. May you all know no more sorrow.

Kathy Hoffman

August 9, 2013

Diane and family, I just learned of Joe's passing. What a character. And as others have indicated, such an upbeat, positive outpouring to those he encountered. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Richard Bryant

August 4, 2013

I know Miller since I was A kid he helped me out with so much my prayers goes out to the family i will miss all the good times we had R.I.P I will never forget you.

Shanna Wagner

August 2, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you today.
Alec and Shanna


August 2, 2013

For Joe, your light will shine on.


August 2, 2013

Diane and Family,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

gina wilson

August 2, 2013

I worked with Mr. Miller we had some interesting conversations told great stories.Great guy he will be missed.Sending out prayers to family and friends. God Bless.

August 1, 2013

Diane, Laura, Jim and families,

Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Joe
was a wonderful upbeat person, always
with a smile on this face. He had many stories and jokes to tell. Having known
Joe for many years he will be greatly missed. We are sorry that we will not
be able to attend the service. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

John, Connie & Bryan Hey
Baldwin City, KS