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Ricky G. Miller

Rick passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born May 27, 1944 in Allegan the son of Norman and Alma (Taylor) Miller. Rick was a 1962 Otsego High School graduate. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps serving 2 tours during Vietnam and earned a purple heart upon his honorable discharge. For over 37 years he owned and operated Rick Miller Well Drilling until his retirement in 2006. Rick would go out of his way to help others and often drilled wells for the elderly, free of charge, if they couldn’t afford his services.

Rick had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. He liked being outdoors, hunting, ice fishing and looking for mushrooms. Rick loved spending time with his family, teaching his children to shoot and taking his children, nieces and nephews for rides on the sled behind the truck. On October 26, 2015 in Otsego, he married Shizuko “Suzie” Toyozato who survives.

Also surviving are children, Tammy (Dan) Hoffman, Stephanie (Kevin) Oldenberg, Lance (Bobby Jo Kenyon) Miller, Tina (Mike Kulyk) DeLoach and Jeon Yuri (Laura) DeLoach and 7 grandchildren, Daniel, Gil, Arianna, Ian, Mehl, Mari and Caroline along with nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Special thanks to his niece and nephew, Shanon and Bryan along with his daughter, Tina for the wonderful care given in his final days.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Delbert Monroe and siblings Ted, Butch, Shirley and Dixie.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Ricky’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Contributions in memory of Rick may be made to Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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Mary Brewster Brennan

July 8, 2021 at 4:58 pm


I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. My prayers are with you and your family.


Mary Brewster Brennan


John Pullen

July 10, 2021 at 1:12 pm

I knew Rick in high school and saw him occasional after school.

Rick was a good guy and proud to have served his county.

Wishing his family my condolences.

John Pullen


Sandy Wallace Holland

July 11, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Dear Miller family, My heart was sad when I heard of Rick’s passing, I have known him for years, in school and when Ken and he were best buddies, they did camping and fishing together and just hung out together. I will pray for all of you, he will be missed so much, he could always make me smile and laugh, such a comedian. He was a good guy, he walks with the Lord now, my love to you all.

Sandy Holland


Deb Harris

July 13, 2021 at 9:44 am

To My Good Friend Suzy;

I am so sorry about your loss, but Ricky’s humor and love will live through you. You were always both Good Friends, anything I can do to help please let me know. God Bless You and Your Family always!!

Deb Harris


Joyce Gilliland

July 14, 2021 at 4:55 pm

Dear Tammy, Stephanie, Lance and families, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. We’re sending our love and prayers to all of you. Rick was a great guy and will be missed by many.

Love and hugs, Darl and Joyce Gilliland



July 14, 2021 at 11:51 pm

Dearest Susie, Tammy, Stephanie,Lance and your families,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, step father and grandfather. Rick is my second cousin who I hold such great and fond memories of. I treasure the times I’ve spent with him, Jeanne and the kids way back as the kids were growing up. I also hold dear the times spent with him and Susie. I know you all will miss him greatly. The heavens gained another wonderful angel. My love and prayers are with you all during this time of grief and the difficult days ahead. Wishing you all peace and comfort as you cherish the memories that brought you joy.


Joyce McClellan

July 18, 2021 at 8:53 pm

Sending our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Joyce & Dan McClellan


Sandy and Dan Fleming

August 9, 2021 at 1:21 pm

Susie, Dan and I want to extend our deepest and most sincere condolences. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Rick. You two have been through so much together, and you have been his dedicated soul mate for a long time. And I know that he loved you and appreciated your commitment to him till death do you part. And I know that Rick will be sorrily missed by all that loved him. His beloved Susie, children,nieces and dearest friends.Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.


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