Dean M. Miller, M.D., 89, of Parsons died at 5:38 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the Parsons Presbyterian Manor, where he had resided the past several years.
He was born Feb. 9, 1922, on a farm 10 miles south of Solomon to Paul and Viola Ruth (Laney) Miller. He grew up there and graduated from the Dickinson County High School at Chapman. He entered the University of Kansas in the fall 1941 as a pre-medical student and joined the U.S. Navy after Pearl Harbor, going on active duty in 1942 as a K.U. student. The University of Kansas Medical School chose him to become a medical student under the regulation of the Navy and he became a Navy mid-shipman and an active medical student until graduation from medical school in July 1948. He did his medical internship at the Kansas City General Hospital. To fulfill his remaining Navy duty he was commissioned as a Navy LTJG in the Navy Medical Corps and became chief medical examiner at the recruitment station in Kansas City. He was discharged from active duty 15 days before the Korean War broke out.
Dr. Miller did general practice of medicine at Platte City, Mo., from 1950 to 1953 and then completed further medical training as a resident in radiology at the Research and Affiliated Veterans Administration Hospitals in Kansas City and Leavenworth.
He practiced radiology in Topeka for 17 years before joining the late Dr. Ned Gorrell in Parsons in 1973 in a radiology practice. After the death of Dr. Gorrell he became radiologist for the Labette County Medical Center, the Parsons Clinic and the Katy Hospital. He did intermittent coverage of radiology at other hospitals in the area after retirement from full time work.
While in grade school and high school he played the coronet and trumpet and became a member of the University of Kansas Concert and Marching Band and also a member of the orchestra. In Topeka he was a active in the West Side Rotary Club for 15 years and served on the medical staff of Stormont Vail, St. Francis and Santa Fe hospitals and was a member of the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Group.
After moving to Parsons he became a member of the Parsons Rotary Club and became actively engaged in the local public access television business. He became interested in the video recording of the local Suzuki violin students and of several Messiah Musical Productions. For more than 20 years he worked along with his wife in recording and broadcasting the weekly worship services of the First Presbyterian Church. Local community events were recorded and broadcast as well as historical walks through streets and cemeteries.
He grew up in the Presbyterian Church in Solomon and had been a deacon and elder in the First Presbyterian churches of Topeka and Parsons. He had held memberships in the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America and the Roentgen Ray Society. He was a past member of the Kansas Medical Society and past secretary of the Labette County Medical Center Medical Society.
On March 25, 1944, he married his college sweetheart, Mary Caswell Jellison, at the Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tenn., while he was serving in the Navy. Mary preceded him in death on Dec. 20, 2009.
His greatest thrill in life, outside of his marriage to Mary, was escorting his daughter, Nancy, when she was crowned homecoming queen at the University of Kansas by Gov. Robert Docking during halftime at a football game. Nancy, whose married name was Nancy Martin, died in 1971 following an automobile accident.
Survivors include two sons, David Miller of Paola and John Miller of San Jose, Calif.; a grandson, John Morris, service in the Air Force in England; and four great-grandchildren.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Parsons. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Friends may call at their convenience at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home today.
Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church in Parsons. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.