Longtime local volunteer and businessman will be grand marshall at Florence parade

Longtime Florence resident Dale Miller will be the grand marshall at this year’s Labor Day Parade.

Miller and his wife, Lois, were married in 1947 and moved to Florence in 1948.

Having been involved in the family’s produce business all of his life, Miller operated Miller Produce in Florence for 20 years. During that time, he joined his brother in the produce business in Cottonwood Falls, where he still works today.

Miller spent 40 years with the Florence Volunteer Fire Department. He was a charter member of the ambulance crew when it began in 1971 and is still a member. Last year, Miller made more runs than anyone on the 20-member team except one.

Miller has also been involved with community youth. He was on the school board for four years and has supported the agriculture education departments of the school system.

Miller coached and organized town basketball teams as a volunteer and played baseball himself.

The Millers have five children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Scott Zogelman, Florence Ambulance director, said, “Dale is the kind of person that every town should be blessed with. He is completely dedicated to this community and is always willing to go the extra mile to do what needs to be done, without exception and with no complaints.”

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