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“So sorry for your loss. Your father was instrumental in many ways in the development of your community and surrounding area. We shared several "50...Read More »
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“Dear Bob and Mary, Although we didn't know Bill and Timmy well, it was always a pleasure being around them. Gary and I know the losses you have...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Gary and Linda Ordway - DesMoines, IA

“Bob & Mary and family -- Wonderful memories growing up just up the road from your family. Your parents were special friends. You are in our...Read More »
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“Our condolences on the passing of your father. May he rest in peace. Robert Paul & Cecelia Ann Wright ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Robert Paul Wright & Cecelia Ann Wright - IA

Wilbur C. Miller known as Bill or W.C. passed away Wednesday, December 21st at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa on his 96th birthday. A memorial service celebrating the lives of Timmy and Bill, will be at 11 a.m., December 29, 2011 at St. John's Lutheran Church. The family will greet friends starting at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
Wilbur was born on December 21, 1915 to Anna and Albert Miller in Crocker Township. He graduated from Polk City High School in 1933. He attended Drake University and graduated in 1937 with a degree in business. Wilbur married Thelma (Timmy) Storing in 1939. During World War II he was part of the management team at the Des Moines Ordinance Plant in Ankeny. He then went to work for Shell Oil Company later moving to Standard Oil Company. Following the war, Wilbur had a real estate and insurance office in Highland Park. In 1949 Wilbur and Timmy moved to Polk City, where he began working with his father at Polk City Savings Bank. Wilbur retired after over 60 years of banking from Polk County Bank and continued as a board member until recent years.
He was very active in many civic organizations. In 1948 he was President of the Des Moines chapter of the Isaac Walton League. He was a charter member of the Polk City Kiwanis Club. In 1953 he was a Lieutenant Governor of the Nebraska-Iowa District of Kiwanis. In 1955 he served as Governor of the Nebraska-Iowa District of Kiwanis. In the late 1950's Wilbur and Timmy were instrumental in starting the Boy Scouts and Little League in Polk City. Wilbur was on the board at Broadlawn's Hospital during the 1950's. He also served on the Polk County Conservation board in the 1960s, where he helped in the creation of Jester Park and Jester Park Golf Course. He served on the St. John's Lutheran Church's board for over a decade where he was treasurer for many of those years. W.C. was a member of the Polk City Masonic Lodge and had been involved in Shrine activities in Des Moines.
Wilbur loved giving back to his church and his community. He loved being with his family and friends. The joy of his life was his wife Timmy. They enjoyed traveling and eating at many of the local restaurants.
Bill was preceded in death in September by Timmy, his beloved wife of almost 72 years. He is survived by his son Robert (Mary), grandson Tom (Miki) and granddaughter Becky (Cuong) Le and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Big Creek Historical Society in Polk City, St. John's Lutheran Church Foundation or Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa.