Charles Clemmons Miller


Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Longtime Alaska and Kasilof resident Charles Clemmons Miller died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at his home on Cohoe Loop. He was 77.

A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at Kenai Landing. A potluck will follow.

Mr. Miller was born July 2, 1927, in Globe, Ariz. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1946. He was a decorated veteran, receiving several awards of the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal Combat Infantryman's Badge and Purple Heart. He served in World War II and was a veteran of the Korean War, being wounded in the Battle of Heart Break Ridge. Mr. Miller also attended the Merchant Marine Academy. He was honorably discharged in July 1959.

In September 1954, he moved to Alaska, living in Whittier, Eagle River and moving finally to Kasilof. Mr. Miller participated in the Olympic Trials for sharpshooter in 1955. He was a commercial fisherman and a heavy equipment master mechanic.

Mr. Miller also was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Disabled Veterans and the Purple Heart Veterans. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Mr. Miller designed and built the Merchant Marine Memorial at the Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai.

He enjoyed fishing, prospecting and beach walking and was a rock hound.

"He was a very loving father and grandfather. He loved his grandchildren and especially playing with the babies. He was known by his grandkids as 'Bompa.' He went out of his way in helping fellow veterans in obtaining benefits. He will be forever in our hearts and deeply missed by his family and friends," his family said.

Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his father, Charles C. Miller; brothers, David O. Miller and Thomas Miller; and sister, Linda Knapp.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gene Miller of Kasilof; son, Charles A. Miller of Kenai; daughter, Teresa M. Kalfsbeek of Wasilla; daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Timothy O'Brien of Nikiski; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Wendy Miller of Kasilof; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Hal Becker of Soldotna; godson, Darwin Edin and his wife, Robin, of Kasilof; goddaughter, Denise Waycoff; mother, Mrs. R.M. Knapp of Nampa, Idaho; grandchildren, Michael Canute, Joseph, Jessica, Tara, Jayme, Charleen, Thomas, Willie, Tiffany, Traci, Anna, Kerry, Nicole, Breanna and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Alexus, Vincent, Brendan, Justin, Dylan, Victoria, Kai, Carashea, Caymen, Tristania and Ashlyn, who is to be born in November; brother, George Knapp of Nampa; and sisters, Pat Knapp of Temecula, Calif., and Judy Dickey of Burbank, Calif.

Memorial donations may be sent to Central Peninsula General Hospital Oncology Department at 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, AK 99669 or First Choice Home Health.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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