Randall Alfred Miller, a dedicated dairy farmer and beloved member of the Payne County community, passed away peacefully at his home in Ripley on August 24, 2023, at age 83. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 31, 2023 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of the arrangements.
He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, compassion, and a profound love for both his family and the farm he tended to with unwavering devotion. His body might have aged, but Randall was always young at heart.
Born in Houston, Texas, on October 11, 1939, Randall's life was deeply intertwined with the rhythm of an agrarian. From an early age, he exhibited an innate connection to the earth and its creatures, which led his parents, Alfred and Mildred Miller, to help establish Randall's career as a dairy farmer. Active in the Future Farmers of America (FFA), Randall was bestowed the organization's highest honor his senior year of high school when he earned National Farmer degree.
For decades, Randall tended to his dairy farm with a profound sense of purpose. From the early morning milking sessions to late nights ensuring the comfort of his livestock, his dedication knew no bounds. His calloused hands and wrinkled face were a testament to the countless hours he spent working tirelessly to provide for his family and community. For a man known to be quiet and reserved, his passion for farming drew him to being a presiding board member to the Cimarron Valley Co-Op Inc. in Perkins and a delegate for the Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI). After retiring the family farm, Randall found time to enjoy his passion for wood crafting. Soon enough, however, he was back to milking cows at the OSU Dairy where the students were his greatest joy.
But Randall was more than just a farmer. He was a devout Christian, attending services by Pastor Mike at the Crosspointe Church in Stillwater. His warm smile and genuine interest in the lives of others endeared him to all who knew him. He possessed a remarkable ability to make everyone feel valued and heard, whether it was sharing stories or offering a helping hand to a neighbor in need. His generosity knew no limits, and his wisdom was sought by both young and old alike.
Beyond his work on the farm and within the community, Randall held a special place in his heart for his family. He was a loving husband and father, cherishing moments spent with his loved ones above all else.
Randall is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lavonna Gayle Miller (née Nickelson), and his youngest of two sons, Kyle Alfred Miller. Randall is also survived by his younger siblings, Ramona Wheatley and Kendall Miller.
As we bid farewell to Randall Alfred Miller, we celebrate a life well-lived and a man deeply loved. His legacy lives on in the lives he touched, and the memories he created. Though he may no longer walk among us, his spirit will forever remain in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Randall's memory will forever remind us to cherish the simple joys, work diligently, and extend kindness to all we meet. He may have closed the chapter on this earthly life, but the story he authored will continue to inspire and uplift us for generations to come. Rest in peace, dear Randall, knowing that your legacy will endure as a beacon of love and dedication.