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BENNINGTON -- Kelton Bedell Miller, 69, of Rollin Road, Shaftsbury, the retired long-time publisher of the Bennington Banner, died Thursday at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, Mass., after a brief illness.

He was born in Pittsfield on Nov. 8, 1937, the eldest son of the late Lawrence K. and Amy Bess (Williams) Miller. He was a graduate of Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., and attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

After the Korean War, Mr. Miller served two stints in the Army, one of which was with the Rock of the Marne Division headquartered in Bamburg, Germany.

A former Democrat, he was a delegate pledged to Senator Eugene McCarthy for president in 1968 and was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1970, serving a single term. Instead of running for re-election in 1972, he ran for lieutenant governor as a Democrat on a team with Leo O’Brien as candidate for governor, which was defeated. He later became an enthusiastic Reagan Republican, and most recently was chairman of the Shaftsbury Republican Town Committee. Locally, he was active in Shaftsbury town affairs and had been a member of the Trustees of Public Funds. He had also served on the Bennington district environmental commission, and in 1974 and 1998 was a candidate for the state Senate.

Mr. Miller served on the boards of many community organizations and was perhaps most active as a Rotarian, a trustee of Southern Vermont College and a director of the Bennington County Industrial Corporation. He was publisher of the Banner from 1977 to 1995 after having worked in all departments of the newspaper: circulation, advertising, pressroom, and newsroom. He enjoyed reading history and other non-fiction.

He leaves his wife, the former Sheilah Marlow, a graduate of Bennington College; two daughters, Elizabeth Taft Miller Shapiro of Rancho Cordova, Calif., and Margaret V. Miller of Philadelphia; two grandchildren, Jacob and Bianca Shapiro of California; his sister, Margo Miller of Boston, and two brothers Michael G. and Mark C. Miller, both of Pittsfield, Mass.

Plans will be announced at a later date for a memorial service.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 11, 2007
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