HOWARD VERNON MILLER
July 7, 1941 ˜ December 23, 2021
Howard Vernon Miller of Kennewick, WA passed away Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at the age of 80, leaving behind his loving wife Betty of 55 years.
Howard was born July 7, 1941, in Portland, OR, the oldest of five children to his father Howard Miller and mother Hilda. Howard grew up in Spokane, WA, graduating from West Valley High School in 1959. Upon graduating high school, Howard joined the US Navy serving from Nov 1959 to 1963 (USS Moale). After his military service Howard began his 36-year career working for the Northern Pacific/Burlington Northern Railroads. He raised his family in Pilot Rock, OR; Kennewick, WA; and Vancouver, WA. Throughout his life Howard enjoyed cutting firewood, bowling, and golfing. After his retirement, Howard enjoyed playing cards, taking short drives, and traveling to the Oregon Coast with friends and family.
Howard was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda Skillicorn; father, Howard; sister, Anita; and brothers, Gerald and Charles Miller. He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Stephanie Guffey (husband Brett); son, Brian Miller; grandson, Trevor Ness (wife Molly); granddaughters, Savannah and Isabella Ness; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as many lifelong friends.
Family members will hold a “celebration of life” ceremony early this spring for friends and family.
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Published by The Columbian on Dec. 31, 2021.