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Sam Roland Miller

Sam Roland Miller was born on June 17, 1954, at the Polk County Memorial Hospital in Mena. He was the fourth child of Leonard and Loretta Miller. He was part of the baby boom generation so he grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons, putting lightning bugs in a pint jar, and playing with cap guns like he was the Lone Ranger. There was also a rope in a tree where he would swing and yell like Tarzan.   He was a small, skinny kid but didn’t want to be, so in his early teens he saw the Joe Wieder muscle building plan in a comic book. Whether it was the Wieder plan or a normal growth spurt, he soon became a big, strong, and handsome young man. He worked hard as a Mena Bearcat and made all district in football.  Sam worked construction but that’s not what defined him. He was an accomplished wood worker. He enjoyed finding new things to make. He made beautiful wooden boxes, recipe boxes, jewelry boxes. He made them for friends and family and you could see in his eyes he was most happy when he gave a box to the person he made it for.  He made cigar box guitars and taught himself to pick a few tunes. He gave away the guitars too, to friends and family.  He loved animals, especially dogs and horses, and his dog Jack, his best friend, who died a couple of months ago.  He served well at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena as an Elder and congregation president. He didn’t seek the positions but he did it because he was needed.  Sam had a tender heart and a gentle soul. He died on February 25, 2019, at home in Mena.  Sam Miller was a good son, good brother, good uncle, and good friend. He is gone too soon.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother, Roger (Cynthia), of Eagle River, Alaska; sister, Ginger Hoyt (Dan), of Souderton, Pennsylvania; brother, Nick of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Tom of Little Rock; several nieces and a nephew and many friends

A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena with Pastor Timothy Henning officiating. Interment will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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