George Kenneth Millett peacefully passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2008, in Livingston at the age of 96.
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He was born Oct. 23, 1911, on a prairie homestead in Banner County in Western Nebraska, to George Albert Millett and Mabelle Margaret Millett. He spent his youth on his pioneer family's farm in an era when horsepower was gradually replaced by steam-powered farm vehicles. He loved the land.
He had several careers in his lifetime, including civilian service in the United States Air Force as a property and supply accountant, Christian ministry for 13 years, public accounting, a vocational counselor for the mentally and physically handicapped, and a circulation manager for a national weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C.
In 1988 he moved to Livingston with his second wife, Mary to retire and pursue his hobby of woodworking. He had a shop and made furniture, toys and jewelry boxes for friends and family. He loved his garden and was active in his church well into his 80s, providing accounting assistance and teaching Sunday school with Mary.
George had a theatrical side to him. For several years running he and Mary appeared in the Nutcracker ballet presentation as the grandma and grandpa with the Livingston Ballet Company. He and Mary also had bit parts in the Robert Redford movie "A River Runs Through It."
He was a perpetual student during his life's journey. He was a spiritual man of principle who loved his God, his country and his family. George and his cute sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his sister, Florence; his brother, Clark; and his first wife, Ruby Marion Millett.
He is survived by his brother, Albert Millett of Fort Worth, Texas; five children from his first marriage: Marilyn Ruth Kelly of Grand Junction, Colo., Melvyn Ray Millett of Pahrump, Nev., Kathryn Jean Schulte of Grand Junction, Colo., Martyn Glen Millett of Louisville, Colo., and Robyn Pearl Hall of Portland, Ore.; as well as 11 wonderful grandchildren: Louis, Mitchell and Andrew Mazzuca, April Schulte-Barclay, Crystal Schulte-Onsrud, Rachel Schulte, Melissa and Marshall Millett, Ariana, Shannon and Bryan Hall; and four great-grandchildren: Louis Jr. Mazzuca, and Jalen, Hunter and Conner Onsrud.
He is also survived by his second wife, Mary Helen Millett of Livingston; and two step-children and their families: Philip Dean Cook, his wife, Yvonne, and four grandchildren, Cailtyn, Kristen, Kevin and Claira, of Haskins, Ohio, and Susan Diane Zeter, her husband, David and grandchild, Jennifer Marie Zeter.
George's cremation service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, for friends and family at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, 113 S. Willson Ave., Bozeman. Per George's wishes, his ashes will be spread along the Colorado River in Grand Junction, Colo.
"The human dilemma is that we can only understand parts of the puzzle. It is very difficult to comprehend the whole of existence. Only the Creator can do that. Yet, as creatures of the creation we can share His attributes if we desire them, and search for them, and ask for them." George Kenneth Millett, Oct. 30, 2002.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 15, 2008