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Longtime Alaska resident Steward "Sam" Miller, 75, died Sept. 27, 2005, in Portland.
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He was born Oct. 20, 1930, in Longmont, Colo., to Lowell "Shorty" and Grace Miller. His family moved to the coast of Oregon in the early 1940s. He attended Coquille High in Coquille, Ore., and married his high school sweetheart Shirley Morgan. After serving a tour of duty in the Navy, he moved his family to Ketchikan in 1954. He worked for Ketchikan Pulp at Hollis and Sitka Pulp where he joined the Operating Engineers, during the construction of the Sitka Pulp Mill.
He could be called a "construction boomer," because he worked on projects from Ketchikan to Barrow during his long career. He worked for Green Construction for most of his career settling in Fairbanks during the construction of the Alaska pipeline. He retired his hard hat in 1986 and returned to the coast of Oregon to his "gentleman's" ranch in Coquille.
Family members said, "Dad's journey in life took him to many places in Alaska, but Southeast was his favorite because of the time spent hunting and fishing with family and friends."
He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Miller of Winston, Ore.; brother, Jerry Miller of Coos Bay, Ore.; brother, Lowell "Butch" (Dee) Miller of Boulder City, Nev.; sons, Larry (Penny) Miller of Juneau, Terry (Karil) Miller of Juneau; Greg (Marcia) Miller of Wasilla; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on May 20 at Coos Bay Chapel, 685 Anderson St., Coos Bay. Shirley Miller can be contacted at P.O. Box 2846, Winston, OR, 97496.