Dale Edward Miller died peacefully early Thursday morning June 23, 2011, at his home in Bozeman, Mont. Dale was born Sept. 16, 1955, in Rochester, N.Y., to Paul E. Miller and Carol Small who became Carol Karal when she married Don Karal. As a boy, Dale loved to fish in Irondequoit Creek and skate on the frozen floodplains and the Erie Canal in Pittsford, N.Y. with his siblings Jaya Denise Miller, Alan G. Miller, and Pan (Paul Miller) Martinez.
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In October of 1993, Dale was blessed by the birth of Isabella Ramos-Miller, the joy of his life. His anticipation for this summer included touring colleges with his daughter, who is a standout academic student. Susan Ramos, with whom Dale was married for many years, rallied in service of Dale's care.
Dale played soccer passionately at McQuaid Jesuit High School, Allegheny College, local adult leagues, and national master's tournaments. Soccer provided him clarity of heart, mind and body.
Dale was a founding partner of Inter-Fluve, a nationally renowned stream restoration firm. He made so many creative and substantive contributions to the field, mentoring dozens of scientists and engineers on the way. He was a notoriously meticulous manager and practitioner, and lover of fine food on the road. Over the last several years, Dale flourished as principal of Mainstream Restoration, doing his own thing and never having to market. A plaque will be placed in his honor at one of his recent projects along the Clearwater River.
On June 11, Dale hosted a 'Living Wake' attended by fraternity brothers, friends from childhood, colleagues, dialysis nurses, and soccer players on the banks of the raging Gallatin River.
There is a gathering planned for Sunday, June 26, at 714 West Olive, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. We also might be clomping through Cooper Park.
Gifts may be sent to the Dale E. Miller Residuary Trust for benefit of Isabella Miller. Please send to Martin Pfinsgraff Trustee, 354 Kings Berry Drive, Annapolis, MD 21409.
Many great thanks go out to the Angels at Rocky Mountain Hospice and Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Bountiful blessings go out to all of you who showered love on Dale over the last several weeks.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 26, 2011