June 03, 2019

LAMAR- The family of Brett Jamison Miller, 47, Lamar, who died Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, will receive friends on Friday, June 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Daniel Funeral Home. A celebration of life will immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to be made to the Joplin Humane Society, in care of the funeral home.

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Mr. Miller was born on Sept. 30, 1971, in Steubenville, Ohio, to Margaret “Peg” and Michael Miller. During his childhood, his family called many places home, including Wintersville, Ohio, Steubenville, Ohio and Beulah, ND.

He was a 1990 graduate of Beulah High School and studied for two years at the University of Minnesota before finishing his degree in Computer Science in 1995 at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, formerly known as Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales.

He met Marsha Swavely Miller of Lamar, formerly of Quakertown, PA, at DeSales University. The two were married from 1995 to 2014. Two children were blessed to this union, Carmen E. Miller and Wilson A. Miller, both of Lamar. His children were the light of his life and he loved doting on them. He was a proud father and would talk about his children whenever he got the chance.

His love also extended to animals. He treasured dearly the many cats, dogs and fish he welcomed into his home.

After graduating from DeSales, he and his wife moved to Seattle, WA in 1995. There he worked for Microsoft Corporation and rose to the position of program manager. In 2002 he and his family moved to Lamar, where he continued to work for Microsoft until 2008. After this he held various positions, including at Ozark Medical Associates, formerly of Lamar and at the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Miller decided to continue his education in 2017. He attended Pitt State University in Pittsburg, Kan., and was accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program of this school in 2019.

His favorite pastimes included reading, playing guitar, building computers, playing video games and target practice. He had a big heart for family and friends and loved to talk to those he loved and respected. He will be fondly remembered by many as a gentle giant with a thoughtful, friendly and kind demeanor.