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Fredrick O. Miller

Fred Miller, owner of Miller IGA for 30 years, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2022, peacefully in his sleep.

He was surrounded by the family he loved and was so proud of. His wife of 72 years, Shirley (Haynes)Miller, daughters, Joleene Knight, Kathy (Tom) Camp and Christine (Bill) Terpstra; grandchildren, Cheryl Knight, Marcie (Rick) Tiller, Erin (Tom) TerMeer, Carrie (Justin) Powell, T.J. Camp and Joshua, Jessica and Emily Terpstra and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Lenore Leetz and brother, Donald Miller.

Fred was born June 8, 1931 in Kalamazoo, the son of Snider and Ella “Doris” (Stimpson) Miller. Fred loved running Miller IGA with his wife retiring in 1990. He enjoyed riding his Goldwing motorcycle, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting. Fred was a member of the Otsego Elks.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 12, 2022, at East Cooper Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Fred may be made to

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Susan knapp

December 7, 2022 at 2:51 pm

Shirley so sorry to hear this I have so many memories of you and Fred and the store during my childhood hugs Susan Knapp


Tim and Marcia Quigley

December 7, 2022 at 5:12 pm

Tim and I send our love and prayers! We really enjoyed seeing Fred at the Elks! He was fun to talk to and had a great personality! Please know that he is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you!


D Wilson

December 7, 2022 at 6:27 pm

Condolences to the Miller family, God has gained another angel, Fred will always be remembered in my mind. I love shopping there at the little store and I mall with my grandmother..


Nancy Veld

December 7, 2022 at 8:21 pm

So sorry for your loss. Fred was a great guy who always had a friendly hello whenever I would run into him. I was very blessed to have worked for Fred and Shirley at their store.He will be missed.


Randy Ray Vansparrentak

December 8, 2022 at 5:31 am

Shirley, Joleene, Kathy and Chris

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember several years back seeing Fred in his driveway by his Goldwing, so I pulled in with my Harley and we proceeded to have a discussion on which motorcycle brand was better Harley or Honda. I am not sure who won the discussion, but I never bought a Honda, and I am sure he never bought a Harley, so I guess it was probably a draw.

Thoughts and prayers for you and your families.


Donald William McCreery

December 8, 2022 at 8:03 am

Joleene, Sorry for your loss and hope you find peace.


Jackie Esterline

December 8, 2022 at 11:08 am

Shirley & girls,

So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of you all from the time I worked with you at the store. I felt like a one of the family at a rather rough patch in my life. Fred was quite a character and there was never a dull moment when he was around. I’m glad to have known him and all of you.



Mark and Chris Ransom

December 8, 2022 at 1:04 pm

We are so sorry for your loss of Fred. So many good memories at Clear Lake. Keeping you in our prayers.


Cynthia J. Cooper

December 8, 2022 at 2:45 pm

Shirley, My Condolences go out to you and your family on the Death of Fred. He was a sweet man and always a Good friend to my husband, Al.

He will be remembered!

Cindi Cooper


Karen Ullrich

December 8, 2022 at 3:41 pm

Dear Shirley and family,

So sorry to hear of Fred ‘s passing. He always greeted me with a great smile and a hardy greeting, even though he always called me Sharon. Ha-ha. I remember him fondly.

Sending hugs and prayers to you all as life changes after to loss of your husband, father and grandfather.


Karen (Timmerman) Ullrich


Larry and Tina Bullard

December 8, 2022 at 5:42 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Miller family during this difficult time.

Let the snowmobiles ride again “come on Fred!”


Larry Thompson

December 8, 2022 at 7:19 pm

Dear Shirley, Joleene, Kathy, Cristine and family I am so sorry to hear about Fred. He was a good person. Fred & Shirley gave me my first job at the Alamo IGA. Your family has been a part of my life for 50 + years. A 72 year marriage speaks volumes. Just know I am thinking of you and pray God will help guide all of you through this and gives you peace of mind. Bless you Shirley.


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