Magistrate dedicated to serving Montcalm County

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:22 am on Thursday, January 31, 2013

Kim Miller

STANTON — A man who spent most of his life serving Montcalm County will be laid to rest on Friday.

Kimberly I. Miller, 59, of Stanton died unexpectedly on Monday for his home. He was the magistrate at the 64B District Court in Stanton.

Montcalm County Sheriff William Barnwell knew Miller and his family for many years as they grew up and graduated in the same town and school.

“We (members of the sheriff’s office) were all shocked to learn of Kim’s sudden passing,” Barnwell said. “He was a friend of mine as well as several members of the sheriff’s office, but always the professional when conducting his magistrate duties.”

Miller was a lifelong resident of Stanton, and before becoming magistrate, Miller was a job-search specialist for EightCAP Inc. in addition to doing consulting work.

Through the years, he was an avid outdoorsman including hunting and being a champion trap shooter. Spending time with his family was very important to him.

“Kim loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman,” Barnwell said. “He also had a passion for politics and helped manage several local campaigns over the years.”

Andrea Krause, Montcalm County prosecutor, said she worked with Miller a lot as she had many cases through the district court while he was magistrate.

“He was always willing to discuss any issues that arose and he always acted in a very professional manner,” Krause said. “He will be missed.”

Funeral services for Miller will be at 11 a.m. Friday, at the First Congregational Church in Stanton. Interment will be at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan.

“He was a real gentleman and will be truly missed by his family, friends and co-workers,” Barnwell said.

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