Arden Miller, 65, of rural Lodgepole passed away May 5, 2021 at his home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Bud Gillespie officiating. Burial will follow in the Weyerts Cemetery. The funeral service will be streamed live via the Holechek-Bondegard Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/hbfunerals) and available to watch after the service.
Visitation will be held Monday evening 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the church with family present.
Memorials have been established to Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Lodgepole Community Fund, and the Lodgepole Fire Department.
Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Homes and Cremations is serving the Miller family.
Arden Preston Miller was born on March 1, 1956, in Sidney, Nebraska. He was the youngest of five children of Floyd and Frances Miller. Arden attended school through 8th grade at the Rush Creek country school and graduated from Lodgepole High School. He went on to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned his BS in General Ag in 1978.
During his college years, he met his wife-to-be, Susie Scheve. They were married in the summer of ’78 and moved back to Lodgepole to begin their life on the family farm. Arden was blessed with two children, Pete (named after Arden’s childhood nickname) and Betsy (named after an old W-D9 tractor). One of Arden’s greatest joys was watching his kids grow up and becoming a “Papa” to three grandsons who loved him dearly.
Arden experimented with raising pigs, cattle and chickens, but ultimately settled in to farming wheat. For over three decades, he operated a custom spray business and covered thousands of acres each year. He took great pride in his business and enjoyed building relationships with his customers.
He was an active member of the Lodgepole community and Weyerts Lutheran Church all his life. He served in the Lions Club and Jaycees, as well as on the Lodgepole School Board and Points West Community Bank Board for many years. The church was a large part of his life and he served as the church treasurer for multiple decades and maintained the church cemetery records and grounds. He particularly loved sharing children’s sermons on Sundays and making church a fun and loving place.
Arden’s greatest treasures were his family, neighbors and friends. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and never met a stranger. He was generous, thoughtful and had a kind heart. He loved telling jokes and doing his daily crossword puzzle. His stained-glass lamps and windows can be found in countless homes, adding a brightness to our lives.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Sue; son, Pete, his wife Katie and their children Kasen and Rhett of Lodgepole; daughter Betsy, her husband Greg Ross and their son Cooper of Helena, MT; sister Janice Hursh of Broomfield, CO; brother Weston and his wife Linda of Ixonia, WI; numerous nieces, nephews, dear neighbors and close friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Frances, sister Darlene Bondegard, sister Marlene Marx, and niece Jodi Maroney.