Ken Miller

Ken Miller was born on March 28, 1938 in Falls City, Nebraska to Reg and Hazel Miller. He had an older brother, Richard at home.    
 At 2 years of age he moved with his family to Portland, Oregon; where he grew up. He always considered Portland as his home. He graduated from Gresham High School in 1956.
 During his Junior year in high school; he wanted to follow in his brother's foot steps by racing British sports cars at different locations in Washington and Oregon. He began racing a MG at 17. He later purchased a Jaguar to be more competitive. He truly enjoyed racing during this period of his life.
He attended Oregon State for 2 years majoring in Business Administration. In 1960, he enlisted into the U.S. Army and was stationed at Frankfort, Germany. In 1961, the Army relieved him of active duty when his brother died. He was assigned to the Army Reserves at Fort Lewis, Washington and honorable discharged in 1966.
 He met his wife Kathleen on a blind date via a mutual friend. They were married September 15, 1967 at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Marysville, California. Their first home was in Portland, Oregon where he worked at Reynolds Aluminum Company and she continued her nursing career.
 In 1977 they bought his uncles 10 acre apple orchard and moved to Manson, Washington. Knowing nothing about growing apples; they had to rely on field staff from Trout Inc. to show them how it was done. It was hard work but something they enjoyed doing together until 2005.
During the time they were in the apple business; they still had fun doing other things. Ken who always wanted to learn to fly took up flying lessons at the age of 56 and received his pilots license. He enjoyed flying to various fly-ins especially Arlington, Washington where they camped right by the plane for 4 days visiting the other pilots who flew in. It was a known fact Kathleen always drove over to Arlington to camp out since she didn't enjoy flying that much. During the winter months they like to go snowmobiling. As the warmer weather approached they would get their touring bike out and enjoyed riding with friends on the weekends.
Ken passed away on March 19, 2020 at Ella's Adult Family Home in Wenatchee.
Kathleen would like to thank them for the excellent care he received.  
Ken is survived by his wife, Kathleen, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jeannie and Roger Aaronson, nephew Dave Aaronson and two nieces Sharon Johnson and Leslie Stevens.
Precht Rose Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A Memorial Service will take place at North Shore Bible Church with Pastor Craig when able to have them.   At Ken's request; his remains will be scattered over the surrounding hills of Manson which he so dearly loved to fly over.

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