Jack Miller, 88, of Baker City, died Wednesday August 12, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland, Oregon. A reception will be held at Jack’s home in Baker City following the service.
Jack was born October 2, 1931 and raised in Mitchell, Oregon. He graduated from Mitchell High school in 1949.
Soon after high school, Jack joined the United States Air Force and proudly served his country from 1950-1954. He was a true patriot and a proud American.
Jack began working as a truck driver for various companies beginning in 1954. One of those trucking jobs included driving for Safeway from 1963 thru 1979. From 1979 to 1984 Jack became the owner/operator of the Longbranch Restaurant in Richland, Oregon. Following that venture he drove a log truck for Frank Felco from 1984-1987. For the next 17 years, he stayed busy doing property management. Jack then retired in 2004.
Jack loved to travel. Not surprisingly he lived many places in many states including Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.
Jack met Viki in early 1979 when they both worked at Safeway. They were married January 12, 1983.
He was a member of the Elks club from 1972-2006.
Jack loved the outdoors and hunting with his friend’s Ron Lay, Tork Ballard, and many others. He enjoyed watching old western and war movies and was a dedicated Raiders and Cowboys football fan. Jack was a mischievous prankster and Jokester who could tell jokes all day long. His grandkids giggled when he would teach them to spell, but with a twist, which meant that he was teaching them to spell wrong. Jack’s specialty was bringing laughter to everyone.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Ethel Miller; his bonus sons Kevin and Larry Grady; grandson Bailey Grady; brother Glen Miller Jr.
Jack is survived by his wife of 37 years Viki Miller of Baker City, OR; sons Ricky (Kay) Miller of Fulton, South Dakota, Jeffrey (Kim) Miller of Round Rock, Texas; bonus daughter Michelle (Dan) Dix of Baker City, Oregon; 18 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and his loyal furry companion Cheyenne.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Jack the family suggests either Heart n’ Home Hospice, Best Friends, Community Connections, or the Shop with a Hero Program through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences can be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com
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