Joshuah Vernon Miller tragically said goodbye to us all on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.
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Josh was born in Missoula on Sept. 7, 1986. He spent his first six years between Missoula and Bozeman being his granny's best friend and the answer to his mama's prayers. His visits to Bozeman were fun times with Aunt Jeannie, Uncle Dave, Grandma Hazel and Grandpa Marvin. He always had a deep appreciation for Grandpa who never forgot to put out extra donuts and coffee for Josh's special angels: Bap, Zee, Mo and Laramie.
Josh and his mom moved to Alamogordo, N.M., in 1992, where he was so blessed from God for his special Grandma Geni Brown, Uncle Richard Aguillar, Uncle Thad and Aunt Roz Brown, and especially "dad" Dane Brown. It was here and through these relationships that Josh learned the true meaning of unconditional love and acceptance.
In 1999, Josh and his mom moved back to Bozeman where he graduated from Bozeman Senior High School in 2005 and went on to attend Montana State University. Josh was active in the Ross C. Jensen chapter of DeMolay throughout high school, where he held many offices, including Master Councilor, and was given Chevalier in June 2006. He was also on the board of directors for the Montana Youth Group over the last few years. Josh was an avid chess player and computer game addict, while at the same time actively competing in local, state and national Magic tournaments.
Josh is survived by his mother, Kelly and stepfather and friend, Clint Burkhart; stepsisters, Michelle, Rachel and Liz; stepbrother, Drew; new brother, Nathan; grandparents, Marvin and Hazel Crane, Clarice Crane, Bud and Mary Burkhart; great-grandmother, MaryAnne Miller; aunts and uncles, Jean and Dave Wright, Patsy and Mike Carlin; numerous cousins; his girlfriend, Malea; and numerous friends, all of Bozeman. He is also survived by "dad" Dane and family of Alamogordo, N.M.; his father and stepmother, Keith and Angie Miller; sisters, Nichole and Natalia; grandparents, Pat and Rocky Miller, all of Texas; and aunts, Kathy Montgomery of Washington and Laurie Armstrong of Oregon.
Josh was preceded in death by his uncle, Newton Crane, and great-grandfather, Floyd Miller, special abuela in New Mexico, as well as his beloved rat Snuggles.
Josh was a kind, compassionate and old soul. He was tolerant, accepting and appreciative of the diversity and uniqueness in all. He always noticed the pain in the less fortunate and found the value in those who get overlooked, giving what he had, if only himself. He wasn't just a friend, he was a best friend. He wasn't just a son, a brother, or a boyfriend, he is the one we'd trade for no other. He was the one engulfed in his own pain and struggles, yet when entering any room would do so with a smile and genuine concern for those around him. He wasn't just a citizen of this world or a face in the crowd, he was the one that when late for class or work, you'd find holding the door for the rest to enter first. This world was blessed by and made a more special place with him in it.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by interment in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Josh's name to the Soup Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 445, Belgrade, MT 59714.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Joshy Boogs, Goodnight. God bless you. I love you. -- Mama.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 7, 2007