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Service Details

Visitation:

Monday, December 11, 2017
11:00 to 12:00 pm
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa

Service:

Monday, December 11, 2017
11:00 am

*Visitation Only

Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa

Disposition:

Private Burial
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Des Moines, Iowa

Arrangements:

Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Darlene Ruth "Dar" Miller Darlene Ruth “Dar” Miller
Of Ankeny, Iowa

Darlene “Dar” Miller was born March 4, 1928 in Mason City, Iowa, to her parents Art and Ruth Ramus. She grew up in LuVerne, Iowa, close to her maternal grandparents William and Mary Schultz. William always called her his little hen pheasant. Their family later moved to Des Moines where she graduated from Des Moines Technical High School.

She married Kyle Luchsinger on September 2, 1945 in LuVerne and they had 3 children, Kerry, Kylene and Deborah. After they divorced she and her children returned to Des Moines to live with her parents.

She met and fell in love with Allen “Bud” Miller and they were married on January 27, 1962. Together, they owned and operated Bud’s Used Furniture & Antiques for many years. They shared a wonderful life traveling, antiquing, and enjoying their grandchildren. They were inseparable until his death in 1996.

She spent the remaining years of her life being a supportive mother, loving grandma, doting Nani, kindly aunt, faithful member of New Life Church, and ever present friend.

She joined Bud, the love of her life on December 6, 2017. She is survived by her daughters, Kylene Luchsinger and Deborah Luchsinger (Jack); grandsons, Jon Luchsinger, Chad Cave (Trish), Kerry Bowlin (Courtney), and Nicholas Bowlin (Ashley); great-grandchildren, Michael, Heather, Jaxon, Presley, Channing, and Declynn; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Bud; son, Kerry; and brothers, Gerald and Don.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the American Heart Association, the Democratic National Committee or the American Cancer Society.

Celebration of Life will be held from 11:00 to noon, Monday, December 11, 2017 at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines. Private burial will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Please join the family at Hilltop Restaurant, 2820 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. to share pictures and stories of Dar.

Condolences may be expressed at: www.Hamilton’sFuneralHome.com