COVID-19 Update

As funeral professionals we have been asked by several people in our community how we will continue to serve our families. The families that we serve are always our top priority. We want to assure you that we are staying up to date with the changing information we receive everyday from public health officials and government agencies.

For families that experience the loss of a loved one, Daniel Funeral Home will remain prepared 24/7 to serve your family at your time of loss. We will continue to care for your loved one as usual and will follow the guidance and regulations from the Missouri Department of Health.

Our government officials, both federal and state, have advised that all public gatherings be limited to 10 persons or less in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. We take this pandemic emergency very seriously and are committed to following those recommendations.

We will make every effort to accommodate families in making arrangements and conducting services in any capacity needed to ensure the safety of our community and of our staff while honoring their loved one. We thank you for your patience as we work to safeguard the wellness of everyone who enters our doors.

For the safety of all, until the authorities lift the restrictions, we are implementing the following:

Cremation services will follow the same guidelines as outlined above.

Daniel Funeral Home has been there for our community during difficult times, and we stand ready to help in any way that we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Rest assured, we will continue to serve your family with dignity and respect through these uncertain times.


Brett Jamison Miller, 47, of Lamar, MO passed away on Thursday May 30, 2019 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO.

Brett was born on September 30, 1971 in Steubenville, OH. He was the second of three sons to Margaret "Peg" (Romesburg) Miller and Michael Miller. During his childhood, Brett’s family called many places home, including Wintersville, OH, Steubenville, OH and Beulah, ND.

Brett graduated from Beulah High School of Beulah, ND in 1990. He studied for two years at the University of Minnesota before finishing his degree of computer science in 1995 at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, formerly known as Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales.

Brett met Marsha Swavely Miller of Lamar, formerly of Quakertown, PA, at DeSales University. The two were married 1995-2014. This union blessed Brett with two children: Carmen E. Miller and Wilson A. Miller, both of Lamar. Brett’s 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.

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

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

Brett decided to continue his education in 2017. He attended Pitt State University in Pittsburg, KS, where he was accepted into the Bachelor of Science Nursing program  in 2019.

Brett’s 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.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., June 7, 2019 at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow.

Contributions are suggested and made payable to the Joplin Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

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