Luther Ward Miller, “Barney” was born at Kimball, SD on December 7, 1923 to Grover Cleveland Miller and Eva Audrey (Colvin) Miller. Barney spent his childhood days on his parents’ farm in Patten Township in Aurora County. He graduated from Patten High School and then Wessington Springs Junior College in 1942. He volunteered to join the U. S. Navy during World War II and served four years. After his discharge he purchased the “Miller Recreation Parlor” in White Lake.
He married Evelyn Maxine Mohling of Wessington Springs on June 24, 1949 and they made their home in White Lake. He was baptized and confirmed into the Trinity Lutheran Church at White Lake. Barney sold the Miller Recreation Parlor in 1955 and then purchased the Aurora Theatre in White Lake and also worked for his father at the G.M. Oil Co. Two years later the Theatre closed, and he purchased G.M. Oil Co. from his father. He developed “Barnies Campground” in 1967. He also drove the school bus for the White Lake School District for eleven years. Barney was a Life Time Member of the American Legion and the VFW.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine; one son, Gregory Ward and wife, Nannette of Overland Park, KS; two daughters, Sue Lynn Horstmeyer and husband, Roger of Sioux Falls, SD; and Laura Ann Bolin of Rowlett, TX. He is also survived by six grandchildren; Geoffrey and Zachary Miller; Robin Weiner and husband, Tom; Katie Jo Horstmeyer; Brook Horstmeyer and wife, Darcie; and Allison Bolin. His great grandson is Carson Thomas Weiner of Sioux Falls, SD. Barney is also survived by his brother, Jerry Miller of Sioux Falls, SD; two sisters, Georgia (Snook) Fite and husband, Frank of Clark, SD and Maxine Martin of Aberdeen, SD. There are many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Clarence Martin.