Stanley Ray Miller


Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Longtime resident Stanley Ray Miller, 77, died Jan. 18, 2005, in Juneau.

Miller was born on Nov. 19, 1927, in North Bend, Ind.

Miller joined the U.S. Coast Guard at the age of 17. He was stationed in Michigan, Greece, Alabama and Washington, D.C., before transferring to Juneau in 1964. After retiring from the Coast Guard, he took a job with the state Department of Transportation.

While raising his family and working full-time, Stan found time to teach youth baseball. He and his wife spent countless hours at the baseball fields, now known as the Miller Fields 1 & 2 at Glacier Valley Elementary School. He was also active at the state and western regional levels, serving as district administrator, traveling annually to San Bernardino, Calif., where he was director of closing ceremonies.

Miller served as executive director of St. Vincent DePaul Society, was a member of the Knights of Columbus-4th Degree, a member of the St. Paul's A.C.T.S. community, and past St. Paul's Parish Council president and volunteer of the parish. He also served on the board of directors for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

He is survived by brother, David Miller; sister, Marilyn McCluskey; sister-in-law, Virginia Cowgill; his children, Norm (Chris) Miller of Florida; PJ (Tom) Karpstein of Juneau; David (Reginald VanPelt) of Palm Springs, Calif.; Michael Miller of Juneau; Cindy Miller of Oregon City, Ore.; and Dianna (Tom) Lenfestey of Palmer; grandchildren, Shawn and Robbie Miller, Heather Karpstein, Nicolette Drummond-Savage, Daniel Miller, Justin Miller, Michelle and Steven Lenfestey; and great-grandchildren, Sara and Dori Savage.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mae Miller; his wife, Joann; and sister, Joyce Shelby.

A celebration of Miller's life was held on Saturday, Jan. 22, at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Gastineau Channel Little League or St. Paul's Catholic Church in Stan's honor. Cards can be mailed to c/o PJ Karpstein, P. O. Box 20393, Juneau, AK 99802.

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