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Gordon Miller 1917-2006

April 19, 2006

Gordon Miller, loving husband, father, and grandfather died peacefully on Saturday, April 8th in North Bend, Oregon. Gordon was born to V.D. (Bert) and Myrtle Beatrice Miller in Newberg, Oregon on March 22, 1917. He grew up in Ashland, Oregon, graduating from Ashland High School and Southern Oregon College. He held many jobs during his younger days, including clerking at drug stores, making deliveries for local grocers, "pulling the green chain", and working in the orchards.

Gordon pursued a career in banking, working with First National Bank of Oregon for over 20 years, then for Western Bank before retiring as an assistant vice-president in 1982. Gordon enjoyed the varied places and people throughout Oregon that his career introduced to him and his family. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in North Bend. He served various civic, charitable, and fraternal organizations wherever he lived, including the Salvation Army Board, President of three different Lions Clubs, and 50 years membership in Ashland Masonic Lodge No. 23.

Godron loved fishing, traveling, and playing tennis well into his 80&

39;s. He especially enjoyed participating in the Crooked Brook Squash Club, a group of local businessmen who met every morning at 5:30 to play tennis - rain or shine!

Gordon will always be remembered as a kind, sweet, gentle person with great faith and integrity. He had a sense of humor that followed his ready smile and firm handshake. Many, including family and friends, will miss him.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margarette, by his children and their spouses: Alan and Mary Russell-Miller of Ashland, and Steve and Linda Miller of Coos Bay, along with his two granddaughters, Aimee and Erin Miller. His sister, Maxine Beatrice Hartman, preceded him in death.

The family has requested that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the South Coast Food Share, in memory of Gordon Miller, 2110 Newmark, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

A service was held today, April 19th, at Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland. Arrangements are under the direction of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.