Former Durango resident Chris Edward Miller died Friday, July 13, 2012, in Wellington. He was 46. Mr. Miller had been battling an illness for six years that doctors were unable to diagnose.
He was born March 23, 1966, in Fort Collins. He grew up in Durango, with his father and stepmother, Ronald G. and Coleene Miller. He attended Needham Elementary, Miller Junior High and Durango High schools, graduating from DHS in 1984.
After graduation, Mr. Miller served in the Navy, maintaining electronic and electromechanical equipment. He also served several years as a sergeant and device specialist in the Army National Guard, stationed at Post Falls, Idaho.
He received the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Devices, Idaho National Guard Governor’s Outstanding Unit Award and the Army Service Ribbon.
“Chris loved being in the National Guard and camaraderie of training fellow soldiers,” his family said. “His superiors listed him as a loyal, hardworking, honest and honorable soldier who could be counted on to complete missions no matter the difficulty or degree of personal expense. The same was true of Chris in civilian life. He would do anything for a friend. He was shy, sincere, caring and honest. ”
In 1999, he married Maria Rose in Post Falls. Although the marriage ended in divorce, they remained close friends, his family said.
Mr. Miller was also a master mechanic.
“He could fix almost anything and enjoyed tinkering around,” his family said. “When he came to visit you, he brought his tools.”
Mr. Miller had recently earned an associate’s degree in science while attending the nursing program at North Idaho College, where he was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
“He appeared stoic, but had a great sense of humor,” his family said. “He loved to laugh. He was a Christian and devoutly believed in God and heaven.”
He enjoyed hiking, biking, fishing and running. When he was healthy, he would run 10 miles every day for fun.
Mr. Miller is survived by his father, Ronald G. Miller, of Bayfield; sisters Jody Giesing, Cheri Kiesecker, Kelly McCullar, Lura Neckel and Anne Schaub; former wife, Maria Miller; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A private service with military honors will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org.
Remembrances and condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.