Ronald Gene Miller was born October 24, 1944 in Cambridge, NE to F. Donald Miller and Opal (Hansen) Miller and left this earthly life January 18, 2022 in Denver, CO after traveling to enjoy the Denver National Western Stock Show for his sixtieth year.
Ronnie grew up on the family farm north of Cambridge with his parents and older brother George. He was confirmed at Orafino Evangelical United Brethren Church and graduated Cambridge High School in 1962. He married Carolyn Easterday in January of 1963 and two daughters, Marilyn and Sindy blessed this union, though the couple later divorced. He worked with his dad on the family farm and raised Hampshire hogs.
Ron held a variety of jobs through the years, including custom harvest crew, farming and transportation. But, his love was working with cattle in any capacity. He could quote his schedule to you week by week according to what cattle show, auction or county fair was being held. He never knew a stranger and could trace a line of friends in towns across the United States, earning him the nickname of "Mr. America". He organized, worked sales, bid on and bought cattle for some of the largest, most prestigious ranches in the United States, but, stayed humble and maintained an honorable work ethic and loyalty to his profession year after year. Ronnie would do whatever it took to make an event successful.
He was committed to continuing excellence in the field and introduced and mentored countless current breeders to the Simmental breed and encouraged youth to compete and build relationships in all breeds of the cattle world. He worked closely with the National Western Stock Show, Nebraska Cattleman's Classic, Nebraska State Fair, AKSARBEN, Junior Beef Expo and many county fairs including the Madison County Fair and Seward County Fair.
Ron was unknowingly the trunk line of the most far-reaching and robust network of the "Whos-who" of the breeding cattle industry. One of the most recognized individuals in the Simmental breed nationwide, he relished in meeting the children and grandchildren of kids he encouraged through the years. And although he had countless friends, he was very private to his own world, never spoke of his past and NEVER forgot a face. He knew where the best pie was in every town, who baked the best cookies and never said goodbye when he finished a phone call.
He was preceded in death by parents; son-in-law, Deon Fiene; granddaughter, Jacklyn Fiene. He is survived by his children: Marilyn Smith (Steve) of Eustis and Sindy Fiene Vossler (Bruce) of Elwood; his brother George Miller (Penny) of Marble Falls, TX; Aunt Frances Miller of Wickenburg, AZ; and one nephew, Jim Miller of Columbus, OH, daughters Jordan & Greer. Grandchildren, Lance Pfeiffer (Heidi) of Windsor, CO, Julia Fiene of Elwood, NE, Lacey Parker (Levi) of Eustis, NE, Nate Fiene (Nikki) of Lombard, IL, Leslee Fiene of Windsor, CO and fiancé Luke Gillet, and Malcom Smith of Omaha, NE. He is also survived by seven great grandchildren – Gage and Reid Pfeiffer, Abigail and Amber King and Kaitlyn, Cooper and Brock Parker, and a host of friends from all over the United States.
A scholarship has been established through the American Simmental Association. Checks can be made to:
ASSF - Ronald G. Miller Memorial
One Genetics Way
Bozeman, MT 59718
Memorial Services will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Cambridge, NE on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 2:00 PM with George Probasco officiating. Inurnment will be a private family service at a future date in the Fairview Cemetery of Cambridge, NE. Friends may leave on-line condolences at lockenourfh.com. Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.