Virgil L. Miller

  • Born: September 26, 1947
  • Died: December 25, 2015
  • Location: Solon, Iowa

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Iowa City, IA 52240
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Virgil Lee Miller, 68, of Solon, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, December 25, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, IA.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 29th at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City. Memorials in Virgil's name may be directed to the Veterans Liberty Center, 2116-18 S. Riverside Dr., Iowa City, IA 52246.

Virgil was born September 26, 1947, in Washington, Iowa and graduated with the City High class of '68. Shortly thereafter he was inducted into the US Army where he served with the 300th MP Div. in Vietnam; he was honorably discharged in the fall of 1971. On Jan 8, 1972, he married Katharine Ward in Iowa City. Virgil had served as the Chief of Police in West Branch, a deputy sheriff in Johnson County, and was employed at the Iowa Medical Classification Center until 1995 when he became disabled.

Virgil enjoyed time spent golfing, fishing and behind the camera as a photographer; but most of all, he enjoyed being "grandpa," to his grandson, Aiden.

He is survived by his wife, Katharine; son, Drew of Solon; grandson, Aiden; sisters, Rita Babinet and Maxine Miller, brother, Joe Miller; sister-in-law, Marianne Zeigler; brothers-in-law, James Ward (Debbie) and John Ward (Linda) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, an aunt, an uncle, four nephews and a niece.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Cathi and Drew, I am so sorry to hear about Virgil. I didn't know him very well, but did enjoy talking to him at Christmas parties. You are in my thoughts and prayers. He fought the good fight and now he gets to rest! Peace to your family.

Posted by Deb Heaberlin - cedar rapids, IA - Coworker of Cathi's   December 29, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of Virgil's passing. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Kathy Lance Stepp - Iowa City, IA - friend   December 29, 2015

Kathy and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of Virgil. He was a brave and noble soldier and peace officer; but more so, a good friend throughout our teen years, military service, and working together later. Thank you all for being the family he so richly deserved and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Love and Prayers,
Gene Tang & Family

Posted by Gene Tang - Cedar Rapids, IA - Friend   December 29, 2015

Kathy and Drew

We know this must be a terrible time for both of you. I will miss my old colleague from Vietnam.

Philip and Karen Reisetter

Posted by Philip and Karen Reisetter - IOWA CITY, IA - Very old friend   December 29, 2015

Cathy and Drew: Lew and I are so sorry to hear about Virgil. I just saw you last week and had no idea he was this bad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Kathy Vyrostek - Solon, IA   December 29, 2015

We are so sorry To hear about Virgil's passing. You are all in Our prayers.

Posted by Jack & Pam Young - Iowa City, IA - Friends   December 28, 2015

Kathy, my deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Posted by Dovie Valero - Catasauqua, PA - Friend   December 28, 2015

Cathi, I am so sorry to hear that Virgil passed away. I am glad I got to visit with him at our Christmas party. My thoughts are with you and Drew.

Posted by Lyse Strnad - Tipton, IA - Friend   December 28, 2015

Kathy, Drew and Aiden,

Please accept our condolences in Virgil's passing. We were shocked when we read of his passing in today's Gazette. Larry is honored that you have chosen to have his memorial sent to the Veteran's Liberty Center.

May Virgil rest in peace.

Larry and Vicky

Posted by Vicky and Larry Dingman - Iowa City, IA - friend   December 28, 2015


RIP Virgil, you were a great guy.

Posted by Sue Brenneman - North Liberty, IA   December 27, 2015

Thinking about you and praying for you and the family during this time of sorrow. With deep sympathy Brenda Lollar

Posted by Brenda Sees Lollar - Bartlett, TN - Friend   December 26, 2015

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