James LeRoy Miller (Jim), 76, of Salina passed away Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Jim was born in Monrovia, California, on December 3, 1946 to John and Joan (Foreman) Miller. He was the second of five children and enjoyed spending quality time with each of his siblings. One of his favorite memories as a teenager was spending time at his grandparents’ with his cousins. Throughout his childhood the family moved around a lot and because of that, he attended 13 schools.
At an early age, Jim became a single father to his three children. Although it was not easy working long hours and caring for three children, he made sure they were well taken care of and loved.
Jim met the love of his life, Barbara (Pridey) Miller and married her on April 4, 1981. Together they raised their three children, Rebbecca, Kolene, and James.
Most of his adult life was spent as a Rainbo bread salesman, where he served as the union steward. He took pride in his career and enjoyed those whom he served.
Jim was a very active member of his church, serving in various roles. He was a member of First Southern Baptist Church. Jim spent many years serving at the Salina Rescue Mission and enjoyed counseling the men and heading the annual Christmas dinners. Family was very important to Jim, and he especially loved spending quality time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Jim was a kind man who was loved by all. He was full of wisdom and integrity. Jim held his faith very close to him and that could be seen by the way he lived life.
He is survived by his wife Barb of almost 42 years; daughter, Rebbecca (Jimmie) Covert; son, James Miller; son-in-law, Donald Smith; grandchildren, Jonathan Covert, Justean (Galen) Ryman, Cody (Jessica) Covert, Dustin (Bre) Covert, Katherine Boutz, Amanda (Sam) Wasinger, Sierra Hollis, Tiffany (Richard) Miller; 9 great-grandchildren; stepmother, Skeeter Miller; siblings, John (Rosemary) Miller, Sherry (Larry) Cunningham, Patti Hysom; step siblings, Greg Crenshaw, and Cynthia Crenshaw; and many other extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by a daughter, Kolene Smith; parents, John and Joan Miller; brother, Steve Miller; granddaughters Jessika Miller and Rebbecca Miller.
Visitation will be held 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24, at First Southern Baptist Church, Salina.
The Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, at First Southern Baptist Church, Salina.
Memorial contributions can be made out to First Southern Baptist Church or The Salina Rescue Mission.