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[[Image:millerj.jpg|left|thumb|200px|]]MILLER, James Sr. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 3, 1929--Dubuque, IA, Oct. 7, 2017). Jim spent 86 years in Dubuque, with a 2-year side trip to Peoria, IL. Because Jim's father worked for the Milwaukee Railroad. His family visited New York City, New Orleans, California, and many cities coast-to-coast. His childhood was filled with making friends, taking long train rides to visit relatives while seeing the countryside. He even watched the newly released "Wizard of Oz" in 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska for a nickel.
 
[[Image:millerj.jpg|left|thumb|200px|]]MILLER, James Sr. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 3, 1929--Dubuque, IA, Oct. 7, 2017). Jim spent 86 years in Dubuque, with a 2-year side trip to Peoria, IL. Because Jim's father worked for the Milwaukee Railroad. His family visited New York City, New Orleans, California, and many cities coast-to-coast. His childhood was filled with making friends, taking long train rides to visit relatives while seeing the countryside. He even watched the newly released "Wizard of Oz" in 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska for a nickel.
  
He graduated from [[LORAS ACADEMY]] in 1947 and then [[LORAS COLLEGE]] in the 1950s after serving in the [[KOREAN WAR]]. His two years of military service included Fort Jackson (SC), Fort Bliss (TX) and Camp Hanford (WA). Some of whom he met, remained friends up until his death.
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He graduated from [[LORAS ACADEMY]] in 1947 and then [[LORAS COLLEGE]] in the 1950s after serving in the [[KOREAN CONFLICT]]. His two years of military service included Fort Jackson (SC), Fort Bliss (TX) and Camp Hanford (WA). Some of whom he met, remained friends up until his death.
  
 
His work experiences are rich with stories, learning and people. At the age of ten he set pins for the [[HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH]] bowling alley - at four and a half cents a lane. He spent time in various restaurants cooking the cuisine of the day, whether at Timmerman's, [[RING'S]], [[PAGE HOTEL BUFFET]], [[SUTTER'S BAKERY]], [[CLARKE UNIVERSITY]], or for family and friend events. He and Brenda drove the cook wagon and cooked three meals a day for the [[COLTS DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS]] for nine summers. His finesse and skill created numerous delectable dishes, meals and feasts for all who had a pleasure to indulge.
 
His work experiences are rich with stories, learning and people. At the age of ten he set pins for the [[HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH]] bowling alley - at four and a half cents a lane. He spent time in various restaurants cooking the cuisine of the day, whether at Timmerman's, [[RING'S]], [[PAGE HOTEL BUFFET]], [[SUTTER'S BAKERY]], [[CLARKE UNIVERSITY]], or for family and friend events. He and Brenda drove the cook wagon and cooked three meals a day for the [[COLTS DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS]] for nine summers. His finesse and skill created numerous delectable dishes, meals and feasts for all who had a pleasure to indulge.

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MILLER, James Sr. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 3, 1929--Dubuque, IA, Oct. 7, 2017). Jim spent 86 years in Dubuque, with a 2-year side trip to Peoria, IL. Because Jim's father worked for the Milwaukee Railroad. His family visited New York City, New Orleans, California, and many cities coast-to-coast. His childhood was filled with making friends, taking long train rides to visit relatives while seeing the countryside. He even watched the newly released "Wizard of Oz" in 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska for a nickel.

He graduated from LORAS ACADEMY in 1947 and then LORAS COLLEGE in the 1950s after serving in the KOREAN CONFLICT. His two years of military service included Fort Jackson (SC), Fort Bliss (TX) and Camp Hanford (WA). Some of whom he met, remained friends up until his death.

His work experiences are rich with stories, learning and people. At the age of ten he set pins for the HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH bowling alley - at four and a half cents a lane. He spent time in various restaurants cooking the cuisine of the day, whether at Timmerman's, RING'S, PAGE HOTEL BUFFET, SUTTER'S BAKERY, CLARKE UNIVERSITY, or for family and friend events. He and Brenda drove the cook wagon and cooked three meals a day for the COLTS DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS for nine summers. His finesse and skill created numerous delectable dishes, meals and feasts for all who had a pleasure to indulge.

Jim and his wife, Brenda, taught thousands of children and adults of Dubuque. Jim started out at LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Health and Physical Education), transitioned to Holy Ghost, STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL and then JONES JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Math). He then finished his career at the spry age of 85 at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) (Math). He was a charter member of the Dubuque Evening Lion's Club and served as vice president of the DUBUQUE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION in the early 1980s. Interspersed throughout all of this, his work journey included selling cleaning products, insurance, household products, and gizmos. He tried his hand at OKY DOKY as a clerk and as an unexpected adventure met Sylvester Stallone and was encouraged to try out as an extra in the movie F.I.S.T. set in Dubuque. Jim was cast in the role of union buster.

Two main values Jim lived and modeled were working hard and volunteering with sincerity. His motto was "do more than was expected" and "always give to those who would benefit from his over-abundance".

His volunteer efforts were vast and varied. He and Brenda taught CCD, housed mothers from Catholic Charities, welcomed children through Operation Friendship (Chicago), and marching members of the Colts. Throughout the years he also served dinners at Nativity School, Christmas dinners in Spillville, Iowa, the Dubuque Fellowship club (where he was a lifetime member), and for the parish priests. He even welcomed, through sibling coercion, his brother Charlie's help to join in on the fun.

He also spent his passions through involvement in the American Legion as Third Vice Chair (retired), Boy's State and various other efforts. He spent several times a week at the DUBUQUE RESCUE MISSION serving meals. Several of his children and grandchildren also joined him in giving back what they had been so generously been given. For many years, he ushered at 6:30 morning mass at NATIVITY CHURCH, guiding the regulars and welcoming new parishioners and visitors.

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Obituaries. Dubuque Today. Online: www.dubuquetoday.com/obituaries.cfm#James J. Miller, Sr.