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Benny Jay Miller

Benny Jay Miller of Fair Grove, Missouri, died peacefully at home after a short illness on January 28, 2015 with his family by his side.

He was born March 6, 1937 in Cabool, Missouri, to Marion and Lucille (Wade) Miller. He graduated with the Class of 1955 from Cabool High School.

After graduation, he lived and worked in Cabool for a year before moving to Springfield, Missouri. There he attended Southwest Missouri State College and worked for a short time for KY3. In 1959 he moved to the Chicago, Illinois, area with his brother, Tom. He completed a five-year apprenticeship in tool and die at Vogel Tool and Die Corporation and continued working there for another eight years.

In 1964 he married Donna Leppig. They decided to move back to Springfield in 1972. Ben worked for Ozark Precision Products for four years and then went to work for Zenith Electronics in 1976, where he continued tool and die work for the next 18 years in the plastics division. As Zenith was closing down, Ben was offered employment at A.C. Buckhorn as their tool and die manager. He worked there until his retirement in 2012.

In 1998 he married Belinda and they made their home in Fair Grove for the next 16 years. In addition to his work, Ben loved watching and playing golf, fishing, woodworking and traveling to the many scenic destinations and national parks around the country with Belinda.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Donna; his brother, Tom Miller; and a brother-in-law, Ron Leppig.

In addition to his many friends, he is survived by his wife, Belinda of the home; her two sons, Brent Breshears of Springfield and Chris Breshears of Fair Grove; his sister-in-law, Rosanna Miller of Tempe, Arizona; his father-in-law and mother-in-law; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews; and Shiloh, his companion cat.

Visitation was held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield. Graveside services were held at Cabool Cemetery on Monday, February 2, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

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