Miller, Wayne Dale “Lucky” – Obituary

Richland, Oregon

Wayne Dale “Lucky” Miller, 76, of Richland, died April 15, 2003, at his home.

A Celebration of Life in his honor will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Gordon Bond will officiate.

Lucky was born Sept. 22, 1926, at Martin County, Minn., to Jay Desmond and Minnie Garrison Miller. He came to Oregon as a young man, where he met his lifelong sweetheart, Dorothy Maxine Jones. They were married at Astoria on Nov. 3, 1945.

Lucky served his country during World War II in the Navy Air Corps. After the war, he and Maxine lived in the Coos Bay area for several years, then moved to Myrtle Point, where they bred and trained Appaloosa horses. They were very active in the Sheriff’s Posse and there were many fond memories of the annual Easter Seal trail rides for children, hunting trips and good friends.

In 1983, Lucky and Maxine moved to Eagle Valley, where they had resided since then. Lucky loved the outdoors, and was happiest when he was outside working, either making hay, moving dirt with his tractor, or working on some other project around the place.

He enjoyed the many times he hunted with his good friend, Dave, from Portland, as well as just riding around in the mountains. He and Maxine spent many hours enjoying the mountain air, wildlife, gardening and generally enjoying each other.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine; his son, Dennis Miller and his wife, Linda; and their son, Russell; granddaughter, Missy Reasoner and her husband, Dennis, and their children KyeLeigh, Cory, and Leanna, all of Richland; two sisters, Shirley Sifrit and her husband, Ken, and Nancy Brennon and her husband, Bob; grandchildren, Gail Hanna and her three children, Dwayne Miller, his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Scott Miller, his wife, Christine, and their three children and Matthew Miller and one great-great-grandchild.

Lucky was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lois Sisson; and his daughter, Pam Brunke.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley Ambulance through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 18, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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