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Anton Miller, 89 - October 08, 2008


Anton William “Tony” Miller, 89, of Brady died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Services were held on Monday, Oct. 6, at Zion Lutheran Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Don Wilken officiating. Burial took place at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell with Military Honors by the Gothenburg Firing Squad and the U.S. Army.
Miller was born May 21, 1919, to George and Nellie Miller on a family farm north of Gothenburg.
He attended School District No. 161 through the eighth grade. He later worked for farmers and ranchers in the Platte River Valley.
Miller was drafted on Nov. 5, 1941, and inducted at Fort Crook in Omaha. He went to Fort Leavenworth, KS, then Camp Polk. He was assigned to Co. E 32nd Armored Regiment.
He was a tank commander and platoon leader most of World War II. He participated in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe and the Battle of the Bulge.
Miller had commanded seven tanks that were destroyed during combat. He was wounded in three separate instances and was awarded the Purple Heart with three oak leaf clusters.
He was discharged in June of 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant.
On July 31, 1948, he married JoAnne Lawrence at North Platte. He had reenlisted in 1949 and was stationed overseas with his wife. He was then discharged in February of 1954.
?Miller and his wife returned to Nebraska where he farmed and ranched near Hershey and Maxwell, and then moved to a farm/ranch north of Brady in 1964.
? He was preceded in death by: two brothers—Earl and George Jr.
Survivors include: his wife, JoAnne; three sons—Terry (Donella) and children Derek, Melissa and Kristin of Garden City, KS, Steve (Geri Lynn) and son Benjamin of Laramie, WY, and Doug (Laura) and children Eric, Jordan and Morgan of Kearney; a sister, Edna Long of Arnold; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans or the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Foundation and may be sent to: 620 10th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.