LONG BEACH - Robert "Bud" Miller, 83, died Nov. 28, 2004. The son of Robert and Mary (Tyron) Miller, he was born March 30, 1921, in Lyons, Neb. During his early childhood he lived with his family on the family farm and attended grammar school in Lyons. His family moved west during the drought years and settled in Long Beach when he was 16 years old.
He graduated from Ilwaco High School and then worked for a short time at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle before joining the U.S. Navy in 1942. Mr. Miller served in South Africa, England and the Pacific Theater during World War II as a motor machinist's mate on the USS LST 357 and the USS LSF 325. After being honorably discharged in 1945, he returned to Long Beach. He began working as a carpenter and for many years worked building and remodeling homes in the local area.
On his birthday, March 30, 1947, he married Doris E. Baumgardner and they made their home in Long Beach. The couple had been married 57 years at the time of his death.
A lover of the outdoors, Mr. Miller was an avid hunter and had gone deer hunting every year until his health prevented him from going this year. He planted a large garden every year, enjoyed clam digging, feeding the deer and wild geese that frequently arrived at his home, and liked cats. He was a handyman, always fixing or building something for someone. He had built his own home, sawed his own lumber and obtained some of the materials off the beach. He also enjoyed cutting and splitting firewood and always had several years supply ready for use in his fireplace. He was a longtime member of VFW No. 3721.
He is survived by his wife Doris of Long Beach; daughters Sandra Miller of Woodinville and Susan Garner of Rupert, Idaho; son David Miller of Pasco; sisters Florence Link and Roberta Helligso both of Astoria; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews including his niece Nancy Ashmore of Long Beach. He was preceded in death by his brothers Richard and John and a sister Rose Kemp.
Private cremation has been held. At the decedent's request no public service is scheduled. The family suggests memorial donations to the charity of choice c/o Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.