Paul Truman Miller
Funeral services for Paul Truman Miller, 96, Bakersfield, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 15, 2021 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Miller passed away at 2:40 a.m., Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at his home.
Truman was born on December 17, 1924, at his home near Bakersfield, Missouri to Noah Miller and Myrtie Halford Miller. He graduated from Bakersfield High School, and after graduation Paul enlisted into the United States Army in 1944 where he served most of his time in Japan and was discharged in 1946. When he returned home he married Wilma “Roxie” Kesner at Mountain Home, Arkansas on April 7, 1947. He loved to farm and bought land close to Bakersfield, Missouri where they started their family. Truman worked away from home during the week and Roxie milked cows. He would return home each weekend to pastor churches in the area. Later in life, Truman used his carpentry skills to build many homes around Bakersfield and surrounding towns. He loved spending time with his family and many friends from all of the churches where he pastored. Truman was the happiest when all his family was together. He loved to travel with his family and share his memories with them. Truman was the cornerstone of his family and raised all of his children and grandchildren to have trust and faith in God, and that He would always supply their needs, and He did. Truman’s primary goal in life was to tell people about Christ and how wonderful Christ is and how He could change their lives and give them peace and contentment. He taught his family to love everyone and to lend a helping hand. Truman was a true blessing to all that knew him.
He is survived by his wife of seventy-four years, Roxie Miller, of the family home; three children, Karen Summers and husband, Gene, Beverly Bonham and husband, Tommy and Paula Crites and husband, Bill, all of Bakersfield; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Bridges and husband, Brian, Darrell Summers and wife, Trudy, Hayden Bonham and wife, Patricia, Travis Crites and wife, Tami, Valerie Lockett and husband, Thomas; Paul Summers and wife, Malisha, Natashia Forsythe and husband, Brandon and Dalton Crites and wife, Brandy; seventeen great-grandchildren, Lauren Newhard and husband, Justin, Morgan Cooper Bridges, Wyatt , Cole, Emily, Shelby and Riley Summers, Ethan, Zane and Paige Crites, Cora Beth Epley and husband, Cody, Makadah Lockett, Levi and Allie Hollingshad and Layton, Logan and Kamrie Crites; one sister, Mabel Mooney, Ruby Michigan; several nieces and nephews; and special hunting buddies, Billy Hand, Joe Summers, Mike Guffey, Stacey Guffey, Scott Uchtman, Ronnie Mullins and Brandon Johnston.
His parents, one son, Truman (Dwight) Miller and two infant sisters, preceded him in death.
Mr. Miller will lie in state from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Udall Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hawkin’s Ridge Church for a memorial for Paul Miller and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775.