Lifelong Alaska resident John Richard Miller, 58, died Sept. 16, 2006, in Anchorage. A viewing was held at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Burial followed at Kenai City Cemetery with military honors performed by VFW Post 10046 and American Legion Post 20. A gathering followed at Tyotka's in Old Town Kenai. Pallbearers were Michael Juliussen, Michael Roache, Tony Miller, Dennis West, Casey Huf and Kenny Mayo Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Laurence McGee, Joe Huf and Timothy Juliussen.
Mr. Miller was born March 13, 1948, in Anchorage to Richard and Josephine Miller. He graduated from Kenai Central High School in 1966 and attended one year of college. Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1969 and received the Academic Award of Excellence. He served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in the South Pacific and Vietnam. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Alaska and worked as a commercial fisherman and laborer in construction. He also worked on the trans-Alaska pipeline and was a counselor in Kodiak. Mr. Miller had lived in Kenai and Happy Valley. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid reader. His family wrote: "John was known to be a naturally happy person, loved spending time with friends and family, and was known to play a good game of cribbage."
Mr. Miller is survived by his sisters, Patricia McGee, Jean Jensen, Andrea Miller, Valery Haney, Victoria Cameron and Natasha Huf; brother, Dennis West; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.