Delmer R. Miller, 89, of Lakewood, Colo., passed away at Swedish Medical Center on April 5, 2018, of a traumatic brain injury sustained from a fall.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth M. Miller (Eigsti); son, Tim Miller; daughter, Julie Clauson; and grandchildren: Ashley Thiesen, Mackenzie Miller, Tanner Clauson and Whitney Clauson. He was the great-grandfather of Harper Oberle. He is also survived by brothers Dennis (Doreen) Miller and Winston Miller. He was preceded in death by parents John and Edith Miller, and brothers Merle Miller and Elroy Miller.
Delmer was born in Marion, S.D., in March of 1928. The first of five boys, he was born and worked on the family farm until he graduated from high school. He attended Freeman Junior College and majored in music. He also opened a bakery he named “Delmer’s Doughnut Bar.” Delmer served his country as a conscientious objector; he worked in the psychiatric ward at Denver General Hospital. Denver is where he met Ruth Eigsti, fell madly in love, and married her after six months. Del and Ruth were married 63 years. Following his service, he went to Emily Griffith Opportunity school to become a barber. He purchased his own barber shop, “Del’s Tonsorial Parlor,” in Golden, where he worked for 49 years.
He was an Ambassador for the Golden Chamber of Commerce and was involved in all the events and ribbon cuttings. Delmer started singing as a youth with his brothers in a quartet called, “The Miller Boys,” traveling through the state of South Dakota to perform. They continued to sing together even in adulthood. He then joined another quartet called, “The Menno Four.” They also traveled and sang in many venues. The past 15 years he sang for the MountainAires chorus and the barbershop quartet, “The Grace Notes.” With his beautiful tenor voice, he was hired to sing at many weddings and funerals.
Delmer kept busy with many hobbies. For most of his life, he had a huge garden of vegetables that he would share with family and neighbors. He made homemade sauerkraut every year from 30 pounds of cabbage. He had a passion for the mountains, teaching both children to ski. He also loved backpacking and fishing. Delmer loved staying in shape and worked out at the gym two to three times a week. He was an avid Broncos and Rockies fan, and loved going to games with his family and friends.
His faith and his love of family were apparent in every part of his life. He was raised Mennonite but attended Bear Creek Presbyterian Church for 25 years. He served as a deacon and sang for many years in the choir. He read the Word every day, attended a men’s Bible study and church faithfully, and volunteered at every opportunity.
He will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and the Golden community.
A Memorial Service was held Thursday, April 12 at The Bridge Church at Bear Creek in Lakewood, Colo.