Bernard V. Miller
Bernard V. Miller

October 14, 1929 - April 18, 2014
Born in Portland, Oregon
Resided in Albany, OR

Obituary

Bernard V. "Bernie" Miller, 84, of Albany died Friday at his home. Born in Portland to George B. and Claira L. (Weisner) Miller, Bernie was raised in Deer Island. He married Claudette "Jo" Joseph in Rainier on March 20, 1954. They were married for 54 years, began their life in Longview, Washington, then moved to Deer Island, Oregon, and finally to Albany in 1962. Jo passed away in 2009.

Bernie proudly served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, serving in both Germany and France. His early working years were as a milkman and dairy farmer, and then served a sheet metal apprenticeship. This successful career path began with Linn-Pacific Sheet Metal, retiring as a part-owner of Casey Industrial. Bernie's last position with Casey was as Vice-President of the company.

He dabbled in Real Estate, and had many hobbies including farming, fishing, hunting, and traveling, including trips to Mexico, Hawaii, Branson, Virginia and South Dakota. He was especially fond of Sitka, Alaska, where he looked forward to two fishing trips per year. Bernie loved horses and cattle, especially Texas Longhorns. He was very active with the Oregon Governor's Guard, in which he could ride his horse with the Guard as they escorted the Governor in parades throughout Oregon. He attended the Pendleton Round Up with that group for 3 decades. Bernie especially liked hunting trips, and packing in the gear with horses and mules. He was a member of the Elks, American Legion, Riverside Community Hall, and was an avid supporter of the Albany Boys and Girls Club and ABC House.

After the death of his wife Jo, Bernie found companionship with Polly Strickland of Albany. She survives, as well as Bernie's son Kevin of Scio; daughters Melanie Cremer and Anita Jean both of Albany; sisters Pauline Thompson of St. Helens, Georgine Booth of Spokane, and Sister Therese of Lake Oswego; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers John, Kuhlman, and Francis; and sisters Rita and Celine.

A viewing will be from 4-7pm Tuesday at Fisher Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 1pm Wednesday at Fisher Funeral Home, with a concluding graveside with military honors at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow the graveside at the Riverside Community Hall. Contributions may be made to the Riverside Community Hall c/o Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321.

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Visitation
Fisher Funeral Home
306 Washington Street SW
Albany, OR US 97321
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Service
Fisher Funeral Home
306 Washington St. SW
Albany, OR US 97321
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
1:00 PM
Cemetery
Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens
34275 Riverside Dr SW
Albany, OR US 97321
Wednesday, April 23, 2014