Dennis Joseph Miller, 85, of Caledonia died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Caledonia Care and Rehab in Caledonia.

He was born on Nov. 13, 1927, in Melrose, Minn., to Leo and Isabella (Salchert) Miller.

His family moved to Caledonia in 1943 when his father accepted a position as Houston County Welfare Director. Dennis attended schools in Melrose, the Loretto High School in Caledonia and St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn.

He married Alice Marie Esch on Aug. 13, 1955, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Caledonia.

Dennis was a veteran of World War II, serving as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division in Japan. After his discharge from the service, he was employed through the years by the National Advertising Co., the Marnarch Beverage Company and Trane Company.

He purchased a café from Herbie and Winnie Dunn and later sold it to Carl and Dorothy Schroeder. He went on to further his education in accounting at the International Accountants School, Chicago, and then worked in the offices of Wynn Stave Company and Link Bros. Construction.

In 1965, he opened a privately owned business as an accountant, tax preparer and an insurance agent. He worked up to the time of his stroke in March of 2009.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Loveless-Eiken American Legion Post #191 and the 11th Airborne Division Association.

Dennis enjoyed his family and grandchildren. He liked hunting, fishing and playing golf. He also liked to cook, play a good card game and go to the casino in Marquette, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife, Alice; six children, Denise (Tony) Stachnik, Rochester, Daniel Jay Miller, Caledonia, Darla (Tim) Schuck, Cheltenham, Pa., Dean (Karen) Miller, Osseo, Minn., Diane (Daryl) Vonderohe, Caledonia, and Dawn (Erik) Junkunc, Libertyville, Ill.; grandchildren, Jessica (Eric) Servais, Emily (Paul) Zygmunt, John Stachnik, Danielle Schuck, Andrew, Ashley and Kyle Junkunc and Derek and Devin Vonderohe; two sisters, Joanne (Walter) Powers, Kettering, Ohio, and Mildred Boling, Grand Junction, Colo.; a brother, Donald (Rita) Miller, Belton, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Margie (Odell) Bratland West Palm Beach, Fla.; and two brothers-in-law, Myles (Marlene) Esch, Caledonia, and Mark (Janice) Esch, Shakopee, Minn.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Bob Chappie; and his brothers, David and Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 4 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caledonia. Father Gregory Leif officiated and burial with military honors was in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia.

The McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at