Gene Miller, 81, long-time resident of Silverton, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at his home in Montrose.
Gene was born to Willie and William Miller in Ramona, Okla., on March 9, 1931. He was one of six children born in the family and spent his childhood in Oklahoma.
He served in the 4th division of the U.S. Army, and was a military policeman on Guam.
He spent most of his adult life in Silverton.
He came to Silverton when he was about 19 years old. He worked at the Mayflower Mine and was one of many miners who rode the Mayflower tram from the mill to the mine for work.
He spent most of his life working in the mining industry as a miner and a mine foreman. He worked in the uranium mines around Gateway and Grand Junction.
He also worked in the hardrock mines of Campbird, Idarado, Dixie Lynn, North Star, and the Standard Metals/Sunnyside/ Echo Bay Mine in Silverton.
He was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Silverton. Gene never knew a stranger. He was friendly and liked to visit with people, mainly about his hardrock mining experiences.
He loved the outdoors, and when he was younger, he loved fishing, hunting, camping and jeeping.
He was an avid Oklahoma Sooners football fan. He loved spending time with his family. When he was older, he enjoyed watching birds, deer, and other little animals around his home on Spring Creek Mesa.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Miller, who passed away on Oct. 23, 2012. She was his lifelong partner, and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in March 2012.
Gene Miller is survived by three children, Norman Miller of Aurora; daughters, Kathy Miller and Stephanie Haynes (husband, Matt) of Montrose. Gene is survived by six grandchildren, Wendy Adsit (husband, Jordan); Matthew Cox; Jeremy Miller (wife, Renee); Joshua Miller (wife, Amanda); Quentin and Autumn Haynes. He is survived by eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by the Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main Street, Montrose, CO 81401 (249-2121).
A service will be held at the Crippin Chapel on Friday, Dec. 28, at 9:30 a.m., and a graveside service will be held in Silverton at the Hillside Cemetery at 2 p.m.