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Richard "Dick" Leroy Miller, 84, of Boise died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at St Luke's Hospital. He was born to Ernest and Ruby Miller of Boise, Idaho on Jan 10, 1932. Dick lived his entire life in Boise's North End and attended St Joseph's Catholic School and graduated from Boise High School in 1949.
After graduating, he began as an apprentice carpenter with McGonigle Construction Company. In the fall, he enrolled at Boise Junior College (BJC) in the vocational cabinet-making program and the following summer went to work for Westcraft Industries. After finishing at BJC, he joined the Idaho National Guard (IDNG) as a cabinetmaker. His unit was called to active duty in April 1951 during the Korean War where he served nearly two years as chief of the cabinet shop as part of the IDNG construction and maintenance squadron.
After being discharged, he returned to Westcraft Industries where he finished his apprenticeship and became chief of their cabinet shop for the next three years. In 1960, he started a cabinet and millwork shop for Reed Construction of Boise and then in 1966, he and his partner, Herb Nitz, started the Miller and Nitz Cabinet and Fixture Company. He sold his share of the partnership in 1981 and continued to do custom woodworking as Miller Manufacturing Company until 2005.
On June 9, 1956 he married the love of his life, Patricia "Patty" Hull Miller, and they were happily married for over 60 years as they raised three sons and a daughter. Dick and Patty lived in the same house their entire marriage and their home is a lasting tribute to Dick's craftsmanship, skill and ingenuity as a master woodworker.
Dick was a man of many passions. He was an avid golfer and he and Patty have been members of the Plantation Country Club since 1972. He and long time golfing partner, John Palmer, ran the Plantation Men's Golf Association Twilight League for 25 years. Some of Dick and Patty's fondest memories were playing golf and spending time with their numerous golfing friends.
For the latter part of his life, he also loved to participate in auto and truck shows around the Treasure Valley with his sons, daughter and son-in-law where he won numerous trophies and prizes. One of the favorite shows he attended every year was the annual Boise Veteran's Car and Truck Show held at the Boise Veteran's Home.
Since his college days at BJC, Dick was a lifelong Boise State Broncos fan who had season tickets for over 30 years and was a member of the Bronco Athletic Association. He loved to tailgate and watch Bronco games with family and friends. One of his most cherished BSU Football memories was attending the Boise State - Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl with his sons, grandson, daughter, and son-in-law in 2007. Dick was a man "of a thousand jokes" and loved nothing more than making others laugh. He loved life, his family and the many, many friends he and Patty made over their 60 years together. Dick and his sense of humor, friendship and love will be greatly missed.
His parents, Ernest and Ruby Miller, and his sister and brother in-law, Patricia and Skip Domke, precede Dick in death. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Miller; a daughter, Debbie Zarana and her husband Mick of Yakima, WA; a daughter, Linda Tannahill of Arizona; a son, Sam Miller and his wife Nancy of Aldie, VA; a son, Tom Miller, of Boise; a son Steve Miller and his wife Robin of Twin Falls, ID; and a daughter, Susan and her husband, Scott Duncan, of Boise. He is also survived by seven grandchildren (Rusty, Misty, Joey, Gabe, Amanda, Nikki and Dani) five great-grandchildren (Kayla, Lily-June, Hazel, Athena and Bailey) and five nephews and nieces (Jim, Teresa, Mike, Laurie and David).
A viewing will be held at Cloverdale Cemetery in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, September 16, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A celebration of Dick's life will be held at the Plantation Country Club on Sunday, Sept 18, from 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Condolences and shared memories may be left for the family at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com.