Former longtime Silverton resident Edward E. “Gene” Miller, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at his home in Montrose.
Mr. Miller was born March 9, 1931, to Willie and William Miller in Ramona, Okla. He was one of six children, and he spent his childhood in Oklahoma. He attended school in Ramona, Okla., and attended school through the ninth grade. Later, he received his General Educational Development diploma.
Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division and was a military policeman on Guam.
He came to Silverton when he was about 19, and he spent most of his adult life there. He worked as a miner and a mine foreman. 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 also worked in the uranium mines around Gateway and Grand Junction. He also worked in hard-rock mines such as the Campbird, Idarado, Dixie Lynn, North Star and the Standard Metals/Sunnyside/Echo Bay Mine in Silverton.
On March 20, 1952, Mr. Miller married Wanda Damschroder in Aztec. Mrs. Miller died Oct. 23, 2012. The couple had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in March 2012.
He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Silverton. Mr. Miller never knew a stranger – he was friendly and liked to visit with people mainly about his hard-rock mining experiences, his family said.
He enjoyed the outdoors, and when he was younger, he loved fishing, hunting, camping and Jeeping, his family said. He was an avid Oklahoma Sooner 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.
Mr. Miller is survived by his son Norman Miller of Aurora; daughters Kathy Miller and Stephanie Haynes, both of Montrose; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by the Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main Street, Montrose 81401.
A service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the Crippin Chapel, 802 E. Main Street, Montrose and a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Silverton at the Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Lung Association in his memory.