Former longtime Juneau resident Joseph Michael Millard, 63, died Aug. 19, 2006, due to natural causes at his home in Joyce, Wash.
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Born Feb. 2, 1943, he lived in Juneau for more than 50 years. After graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School, he served in the U. S. Army and returned to Juneau to begin a career as a bush pilot. Working for Channel Flying and Southeast Skyways, he did mail runs throughout Southeast Alaska and piloted private charters and ice cap tours to Taku Glacier Lodge. Also a journeyman iron worker, he was one of the first men on the job for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and helped construct many buildings in Juneau, including the State Office Building, Dimond Court Building and the Empire building.
Family members said, "Mike enjoyed flying, hunting, fishing and also had an unconditional love for his dogs."
He was preceded by his brother, Pat Millard; and granddaughter, Kaylie Millard.
He is survived by his brother, Robert Millard; sister, Susie Millard; children, Philip, Michelle and Ryan Millard, and Cedar Lium and Bebhinn Hawley; and grandchildren, Gavin and Colby Millard, Darby McIlroy, Rhylin Lium and Sage Hawley.
There was a previous service performed for the family at his home on Aug. 31 in Joyce, but there will be a gathering in his honor from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Juneau Yacht Club. All of his friends are welcome.
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