It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of John Miller, who died peacefully on February 12, 2008, with his wife of 57 years and his niece, Maureen, at his bedside. John was loved by his many friends and family, and will truly be missed.
He was born on March 2, 1916 in the family home in San Francisco, the second of three
children born to John and Teresa Miller.
While attending Lick Wilmerding School of Industrial Arts, he served three years in the Coast Guard Artillery National Guard. After graduating, he worked as a machinist at Link-Belt
Company. He was an ordinance engineer with the U.S. Navy, repairing battle damaged
vessels, particularly submarines, during World War II. In 1946 he enjoyed a year as a facility engineer in Yosemite National Park. Following that, he worked in the engineering and
facilities departments for Langendorf Bakeries in San Francisco, Falstaff Brewery in San Jose and then San Francisco, Beckman Instruments, and finally General Circuits in
Menlo Park, Calif.
In 1950 John married Ruth McClintock. They settled in Palo Alto, Calif., to raise their three boys. Life at the Miller home was never dull. John was a wonderful Dad and enjoyed teaching his boys, as well as his nieces and nephews, to enjoy the great outdoors. He was also a great mentor when it came to understanding and building mechanical things, helping build
skateboards and go-karts in the earlier years, and later, rebuilding cars. The quintessential
handyman, he remodeled a whole house for his mother and sister, and was always working on many remodeling projects throughout the years. John and Ruth moved from Palo Alto to the Rogue Valley Manor in 1990.
John was a man who would befriend everyone he met with his warm and friendly demeanor. He enjoyed life, and was a great storyteller. He was entertaining and fond of having a corny joke ready for any occassion. His humor was balanced by his keen mind, his knowledge of many varied topics, and his wonderful, "Father knows best" common sense.
During his early adult life, skiing was his passion, enjoying the sport well into his 70's. He was an excellent bridge player, and a skillful dancer. Also he was an active member of the Palo Alto Elks Club and the Masonic Blue Lodge in Los Altos.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Alice (George) and Olga (Bert) of Menlo Park, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, Gordon (Nancy) of Fort Collins, Colo., Jeff (Terrie) of Ashland, and Keith (Maew) of Pattaya, Thailand; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, five nieces; two nephews, and 10 great-nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service for the family will be held Saturday, March 15, 2008. In lieu of
flowers, donations can be made to the Kiwanis International Fund, 3636 Woodview Trace,
Indianapolis, Ind. 46268 or Providence Hospice, 2033 Commerce Dr., Medford 97504.