John Richard Miller
Lifelong Alaska resident John Richard Miller died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, in Anchorage. He was 58.
A viewing will be from 1-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Burial will follow at the Kenai City Cemetery with military honors performed by the VFW Post No. 10046 and American Legion Post No. 20. A gathering will follow the graveside services at Tyotka’s in Old Town Kenai.
Pallbearers will be Michael Juliussen, Michael Roache, Tony Miller, Dennis West, Casey Huf and Kenny Mayo Jr. Honorable pallbearers will be Laurence McGee, Joe Huf and Timothy Juliussen.
Mr. Miller was born March 13, 1948, to Richard and Josphine Miller in Anchorage. He graduated from Kenai Central High School in 1966, and attended one year of college.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-69, where he received the academic award of excellence and served on board the USS Kittihawk in the South Pacific and Vietnam. After his honorable discharge he returned to Alaska and worked as a commercial fisherman and laborer in construction. He also worked on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and was a counselor in Kodiak. Mr. Miller had lived in Kenai and Happy Valley. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid reader.
The family wrote, “John was known to be a naturally happy person, loved spending time with friends and family and was known to play a good game of cribbage.”
His sister Jean wrote, “As ever I wander down life’s rocky path I’ve dreamed about yonder and a life that will last. Our brother’s body will go to the earth. Life had no promises from the time of your birth, but love will uphold us, isn’t that what we preach? When things get rocky, it seems quite out of reach. I’ve wandered through life, without seeming to care. I have good memories, and these I will share.”
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Josephine Miller.
He is survived by his sisters, Patricia McGee, Jean Jensen, Andrea Miller, Valery Haney, Victoria Cameron and Natasha Huf; brother, Dennis West; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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