Milton M. "Mike" Miller

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MILTON "MIKE" M. MILLER
July 3, 1921 ~ July 27, 2017

Milton "Mike" M. Miller was born in Corvallis, Oregon, growing up in Portland, part of the "Greatest Generation", persevering through the most difficult times in our history; growing up in the shadow of the Great War (WWI), followed by the Great Depression, and thrust into WWII as he reached young adulthood. Working odd jobs as a boy, before and after school, Mike swept sidewalks, sold newspapers, and worked in a dairy, earning two nickels or something to eat.
He joined the Oregon National Guard at age 16; his discharge was set for December 6, 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in his enlistment in the Army, 41st Division Infantry. The 41st Division was nicknamed the "Jungleers" as they learned how to survive in the heat and humidity of the South Pacific.
At war's end, he drove bus for North Coast, then Greyhound; drove truck for Consolidated Freightways, then became Sales Supervisor for Davidson Sunbeam Bakery, sales and credit manager for Empire Lite Rock, finally owning his own building supply company, Pumilite, in Longview, WA. After retiring, he continued working at various jobs until age 80.
Mike met his wife, Doris Massie, when she came into the gas station where Mike worked; he had a midget racer, and offered her a ride. That evening, he told his mother, "Today I met the girl I am going to marry." They were married May 3, 1941, lasting 73 years.
Mike joined the Masonic Lodge, Friendship Lodge #16, serving as Grand Master, later earning lifetime membership. He was a member of Longview and Vancouver Rotary Clubs, serving as Treasurer, earning the Paul Harris award. Mike and Doris were members of YKK, a couple's club affiliated with the John R. Leach YMCA branch in southeast Portland, where he served on the Board, as Treasurer.
In 2010, Mike flew as a Lone Eagle with son-in-law Ted Decoster as his Guardian, as part of the Honor Flight tour of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. This trip was a highlight for Mike, he wore his T-shirt with pride.
Mike is survived by his children, Carol Titsworth (Jay), Mary Lee DeCoster (Ted), and Jeff Miller; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded by his wife, Doris (2014); and his granddaughter, Molly Major (1999).
A memorial service will be held Sat., Aug. 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Salmon Creek Untied Methodist Church.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 3, 2017
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