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James Calvin Miller, 64

James Calvin Miller, 64 years, 7 months, and 9 days old, passed to heaven on April 27, 2012 at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Mo.

James was born Sept. 18, 1947 in Springfield, Mo., to George and Stella (Ritter) Miller. James was in the Army and served his country during Vietnam.

After returning home James worked as a welder for Mansfield Steel from June 1974 until retirement in October of 2005.  James helped care for his mother for many years after George passed away.

James enjoyed woodworking and building furniture. He was partial to Model T Roadsters and was a collector of single cylinder engines and was a member of the Ozarks Threshers, a club of enthusiast of those engines and of steam powered equipment. James was a Christian.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

James is survived by a sister, Theda Sanders and her husband Leo, Leasburg, Mo.; nieces Tritonia Sanders and Leslie Coffman and husband Rob; grand-nephew Josiah Coffman; uncles Mack Miller and Bob Ritter, Aunt Violet Morris and husband Hugh,  Aunt Lois, Aunt Rosie Ritter, Aunt Nora and husband, Lee; and many cousins and friends.

Funeral services for James were, May 1, at 11 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, Mo., with burial in the  Dyer Cemetery and military honors by Douglas County American Legion #112 and Ava VFW #5993.

Visitation was Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service time in the funeral home. Officiating was Pastor Robert Miller.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 378 Hwy H, Leasburg, MO 65535 for James’ great-nephew, Josiah Coffman Autism, Applied Behavioral Analysis and Speech Therapy Fund.

Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.

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