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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