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Conrad H. Miller Jr.

Corky passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022 at his home in Otsego, surrounded by his family.

He was born July 23, 1945 in Kalamazoo, the son of Conrad and Annabell (Hudson) Miller. Corky was a graduate of Parchment High School and had attended Kellogg Community College for one year before enlisting in the Marine Corps. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam.

For 30 years Corky worked at General Motors. After his retirement he worked at Meijer for 15 years. In his free time Corky enjoyed fishing, sailing and iceboating. Corky was a member of the Gull Lake Iceboating Association.

Corky enjoyed socializing with his friends and most of all loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. On August 9, 1973 in Otsego, he married Maija Jirgens who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Marty (Jacquie) Bennett, Michael (Kolene) Miller and Michelle (Michael) Holmes; grandchildren, Schyler and Grant Bennett, Carsen, Malania and Zanna Miller and Malia and Alissa Holmes; brother, Bill (Kathy) Miller; sister, Pat (Joe) Ferriell along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Mike (June) Miller.

Friends may visit with Corky’s family from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, March 23, 2022, with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will take place at 2:00 P.M., at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

Contributions in memory of Corky may be made to

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March 17, 2022 at 4:13 pm

Conrad was such an amazing person! He was always smiling and always took pride in cleaning and taking care of the fish at Meijer! He was always so kind! You will be missed!


Barb Harmon

March 17, 2022 at 4:20 pm

So sorry to hear of Corky passing. Hugs and prayers to his family. Marija I am so sorry to hear this.


Bonnie Goodacre

March 17, 2022 at 4:28 pm

Maia and family, please accept my condolences in the loss of Corky. You may or may not remember me, Jan is my sister and we knew you two from that connection. He’s at peace now, pain free and at rest in heaven, I hope in time that gives you comfort. Again so sorry for your loss.


B & C Trophy

March 17, 2022 at 4:30 pm

We are so sorry to hear about Corky’s passing. We know how much he will be missed in your family.

Our deepest sympathies and prayers for all of you.


Bob & Joyce Bloom

March 17, 2022 at 4:58 pm

Sorry for your loss.


Amy Nieuwenhuis

March 17, 2022 at 6:24 pm

So very sorry for your loss! You’re such a great family which is a great reflection of your dad and mom. Prayers for all of you!


Glenda Pillars

March 17, 2022 at 6:43 pm

So very sorry for your loss he was one of the neatest men I’ve ever worked with. Big hugs and lots of love to the family.


Jim Hoffman

March 17, 2022 at 6:57 pm

To Conrad’s family, we are so saddened to see that Conrad has been called home. We got to know him and Maija several years ago and everyone called him “Corky”. What a great friend he became to us. Lost touch with him after he retired from Meijer’s, he would always find time to talk to us when he was at work. So sorry for your loss of such a great man! Rest in Peace our friend, and as always ” Thank you for your service” Blessings, Jim & Bonnie Hoffman


Zartman Family

March 17, 2022 at 7:19 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We hope that wonderful memories will provide you with comfort.


Bob & Sharon Goodrich

March 17, 2022 at 7:45 pm

We extend our sincere condolences. Your entire family is in our prayers.


Sherry Hanson

March 17, 2022 at 8:18 pm

Maija, Mike, Michelle, Marty & families- we are so sorry to hear about Corky . He was a sweet, gentle man always a smile. We know he will be missed. Our sincere condolences to you all.

Mike & Sherry Hanson


Maria Rafael

March 17, 2022 at 8:53 pm

I’m sorry for your loss Michelle and family praying for you


Sarah Clemens

March 17, 2022 at 10:28 pm

Prayers that loving memories of your sweet Husband, Dad, & Grandfather will help to bring you all comfort and peace in the coming days. Thinking of you all.

Much Love,

Sarah Volker-Clemens & Family


Jan Myers-Carpenter

March 17, 2022 at 10:32 pm

Mia and family: Who would have guessed that almost 49 years ago when Larry and I introduced you to each

other that you would become a family and have so many years of happiness? I’m so glad Stephany insisted you

sit right next to C;orky on the sofa that night you met. Children can be so perceptive and we should let them lead the way a bit more. I am so happy we introduced you to each other and so honored and blessed to have been

able to call you our friends for nearly 50 years. You have such a loving family and it shows that the two of you

were meant to be. We will all cherish those special times when we all went out dancing and shared time as a

large group of good friends. Corky will be missed but we can rest easy knowing we will all be reunited in time

and you two will see each other again. I love you all and will never forget Corky. Jan Myers Carpenter & Steve Carpenter


Barb Weaver

March 18, 2022 at 10:51 am

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Cherish the memories a great husband, father and grandfather gave you.


The Krueger family

March 18, 2022 at 11:03 am

Maija, Marty, Mike, Michelle & families – Quick lighthearted story about Corky. It never failed that as soon as I got Grace a fish tank, he became Grace’s best friend. There usually wasn’t a day we went to Meijer and looked at fish and most of the time bought 1 or 2 (big tank). Well some of them got so big and beautiful, we would show Corky pictures of them and he and Grace would talk forever about them. I’ve know you all my whole life and our hearts and love are with you all today and always. He will always be a story we share with a smile. Love to you all. Lauri, Joel and Grace Krueger


Kathi Fuss

March 18, 2022 at 12:49 pm

Thinking and praying for all of you . Your memories will be a blessing until you are together again one day. Sending love and hugs


Genia Vostets

March 18, 2022 at 6:29 pm

Maija and family,

We are all so saddened by Corky’s passing. All of you have a very special in our hearts. Our prayers and condolences go out to all of you.

Love to all!

Ken & Genia

David, Leslie, Charlotte & Miles


Greg & Ashley



Neil and Sue Browne

March 18, 2022 at 8:01 pm

My thoughts are with you, can you feel them? Corky will be so missed. Everyone who came in contact with him became his friend . What a legacy!

You take care and remember that God will give you the strength to carry on one day at a time. Much love


Joyce McClellan

March 18, 2022 at 10:15 pm

Thinking of you Maija and your precious family with love and prayer at this difficult time. ❤️

Joyce & Dan McClellan


The Kuiper family

March 19, 2022 at 7:00 am

Condolences and prayers to the entire family from us. You are in our thoughts.


Bill Standish

March 19, 2022 at 9:39 am

Dear Maija and family, so sorry for your loss. Corky was a special guy and will leave a big footprint in the hearts of everyone who knew him.


Frank Gibson

March 19, 2022 at 2:17 pm

Maija we’re so sorry to heat about Conrad! We offer our condolences and prayers for you and your family!


Randy Vansparrentak

March 21, 2022 at 5:53 am


So sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family


Jill Culik

March 21, 2022 at 11:00 am

Kirk and I are so sorry for your loss. We always admired Corky for his kindness and love for his family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Jill and Kirk Culik


Randy Bradford

March 22, 2022 at 5:02 pm

So sorry to hear about your loss.


Amber Sloan

March 23, 2022 at 8:24 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Conrad everyday for 5 years at meijer. We often opened our department together, and I learned so much from him. What a wonderful man.


Bob & Pat Grinnell

March 25, 2022 at 1:43 am

Condolences to the Miller family.

You can be very proud of Corky, as he had great work ethics, always smiling, always friendly to all.

Pat always enjoyed talking with him at Meijers . One great guy.


Kiley Kievit-Haynes

April 6, 2022 at 8:11 am

I had the pleasure of working with Conrad for many years at Meijer, and I always thought what an amazing person he was. Conrad was kind, thoughtful, and funny. His love for his family was so apparent every time he spoke of you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, wishing you comfort in your many loving memories. Your Corky truly left a mark of goodness on us all.


Mary Trevino-Coble

May 19, 2022 at 8:29 pm

I worked with and around Conrad for many years, leading up to his retirement from Meijer. He always had some funny stories to tell anyone willing to listen, I always was. He brought so much laughter into a room, just his presence made me smile. I just couldn’t bring myself to attend his funeral. I think of the friends I’ve lost from Meijer often, some moving on others passing on. They will remain with me always, tucked in a special place near my heart.


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