James Walter “Jim” Miller, 85, of Parsons died at 10:49 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Parsons Presbyterian Manor.
He was born Dec. 24, 1933, in Chamois, Missouri, a son of Jesse James “Buck” LaFavor and Minnie Amos. His father died before he was born and he was raised by his mother and in later years by his stepfather, Ralph A. Miller. Growing up, his family lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Kansas City, Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, and later moved to Parsons, where he graduated high school. Following high school Jim attended Wichita State University, receiving his construction engineering certificate.
He lived in Parsons and worked as a union card holder journeyman contractor for LaForge and Budd Construction and later for Art Hill Sr. Other career highlights included helping build the Parsonian Hotel and the KG&E Power Plant. He then operated Jim Miller Construction for over 40 years, building and remodeling homes and commercial buildings. Jim was a masterful finish carpenter, specializing in custom cabinets. He was president of the MKT Rod and Gun Club in Moran for several years, where he and his wife, Nancy, enjoyed spending time at their cabin. An avid fisherman, he earned many awards and recognitions.
On Oct. 24, 1954, he married Nancy Lee Norton at First Baptist Church in Parsons. She preceded him in death on Sept. 24, 2018. Jim was a member of First Christian Church in Parsons. In early years, he was a member of the Jaycees and had been a troop leader with the Boy Scouts, assisting many young men in earning their Eagle Scout awards. He had also been a member of the Young Democrats with aspiring efforts in politics. His greatest joys were spending time talking with family, friends and his beloved wife, Nancy. His grandchildren knew him as “One Crazy Grandpa” as he brought so many smiles as he shared his lessons of life with them that they’ll treasure forever.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gary Lee and Jodie Miller of Ozark, Missouri; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela Ann and Trent L. Alexander of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jeanette and Vince Horton of Parsons; eight grandchildren, Adie Williams of Springfield, Missouri, Jimmy Miller and his wife, Julie, of West Plains, Missouri, Sam Miller and his wife, Kayla, of West Plains, Missouri, Sydney Miller of St. Louis, Missouri, Drew L. Alexander of Amarillo, Texas, Vanessa S. Stanfield and her husband, Devin, of London, England, Allison Garcia and her husband, Rich, of Weston, Florida, and Scott Horton of Dallas, Texas; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Dwayne and Clara Miller of Huntsville, Alabama; a sister-in-law, Pat Norton of Torrance, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Hempen; and a brother in-law, Don Norton.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church with the Rev. Laurie Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.