Herley G. Miller
February 5, 1931 – July 2, 2019
Herley G. Miller, 88, carpenter, missionary and Navy Veteran passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Survived by his loving wife Nidia, children Tim (Tori) Miller, Clint Miller, Steve (Sally) Miller and Eunice (Linus) May, brothers Earl Miller and Russel Miller, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Herley Gene Miller was born in Nebraska and raised on a farm by his parents Clinton & Lila along with his brothers Earl, Elwin (deceased),Russell and sister Suzanne (deceased). He also lost a brother Jimmy at a young age due to a farm accident.
After graduation he joined the Navy and served 4 years during the Korean war . It was during his time in the service that he became a born again Christian. After his discharge he went back home and lead his parents to the Lord. He then felt God calling him to become a missionary. So, he went to California for training and that is where he met his first wife Helen, who was in the same school. They married in 1955 and went to Australia to share the Gospel with people that were there for the 1956 Olympics. It was in Australia that their first son Tim was born. They spent a year there and then returned to Nebraska. They were raising support and received additional training to continue their missionary work. They also had their sons Clint & Steve while there.
In 1960 they were called to Brazil. In 1961 they finally had a daughter, Eunice. They spent 10 years Brazil serving the Lord in many ways. They returned to Nebraska and decided to stay until the kids were done with school. After the kids were out of school they moved to Kansas where Helen’s family was from. They were called to the Mission field again, this time to Africa. They spent a couple of years there, but decided they were too old and missed the grandkids too much, so returned home. Helen died of cancer in 1997.
Herley stayed busy working with his boys in construction and hunting and he was always active in church. It was through one of his pastors that he met his current wife Nidia. She was in Puerto Rico, they spent some time corresponding by letter and phone calls. He eventually went to Puerto Rico and surprised her! Nidia moved here and they were married in 2004. She made him very happy. They enjoyed gardening and their pets and participating in activites at church. Herley always led Sunday School or Bible Studies. They were able to travel to Brazil and Puerto Rico a couple of times before Herley started showing signs of Alzheimer’s about 10 years ago. Nidia was by his side providing the loving care he needed until just last year, when he had to move him to a home.
He had a dry sense of humor and a wonderful ornery smile. He was typically pretty quite, but when he spoke he usually had something important to say or some quip to make you laugh. He enjoyed hunting & fishing and restored an old tractor and pickup.
Recently, Eunice was contacted by a woman in Brazil who said her father was looking for the family that helped him when he first migrated to Brazil. She said Herley made such a difference in his life when he first got to Brazil, He always felt bad for losing touch. He wanted to thank Herley for all he did for him. She sent a picture of the Bible Herley had given her father with Herley’s name on the inside. Her father still keeps it by his bed.
We may never know how many lives he has touched.
Visitation from 2-4pm on Sun., July 7th, Funeral Service, 10am Mon. July 8, 2019 both at Hillside Funeral Home West. Memorials to Victory in the Valley or their church Templo de Alabanza y Adoracion.
- Shane Miller
- Clinton Miller
- Derek Miller
- Kevin Miller
- Brent Miller
- Kadyn Miller
- Alex May
- Kendal May
Victory In The Valley
3755 E. Douglas Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67218
Templo de Alabanza y Adoracion
3713 N. Arkansas, Wichita, Kansas 67204
- Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, July 8, 2019
Herley G. Miller
Dora Esmeralda Rivera
July 4, 2019
Our deepest condolences for the family! Brother Miller had a big heart to serve for those in need; I remembered when I needed help organizing and moving a lot stuffs out my parent’s apartment, and Nidia and Harley showed up and in less than 1 hour everything was packed and organized. But the most amazing was when Harley was up and down from the kitchen counter like a teenager, this anecdote happened 9 yrs ago he was 81 yrs old.