In Memory of Roger Dale Miller, April 7, 1944–May 16, 2013
Roger Miller, 69, of Greenwood, Arkansas passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013 in a Fort Smith hospital after a short battle with cancer.
Roger was born in Kentucky to William and Verda Miller. He was raised in Arvada, Colorado where he recently attended his 50th class reunion and reconnected with old friends.
He served in Viet Nam from Oct.3, 1966 to Sept. 10, 1968 and joined the Border Patrol as an INS-US agent after he was discharged from the Army. He began his career in Bracketville, Texas and moved to the Deming area in l970. He and about six other agents helped opened the first station in Deming. It was a small and tight knit group of hard working agents some of whom still live in the Deming area.
He moved to Colorado and he and his family operated the Spruce Lodge for several years and they made a lot of good friends. After leaving Colorado, he moved to Michigan and then to Georgia and on to Florida. For 22 years Roger faithfully served Legacy INS and USCIS in the capacity of ASC Manager, Supervisory Immigration Inspector, assistant Port Director, Assistant Chief Inspector and Port Director. After more than 35 years of service Roger retired on June 1, 2005 in Tampa, Florida. He and his family moved to Greenwood, Arkansas in 2008 where he enjoyed camping , fishing, target shooting, reading, writing, and photography. He was also very proud of his Indian heritage. He published a poem in the American Cowboy magazine entitled "The Haircut". He always had a special way of seeing things and putting his thoughts on paper.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha; daughter, Heather (Trent) Doolittle of Las Cruces, NM; sons Henry A. Jasso Miller and Jan Jeremy Jasso Miller both of Phoenix, AZ; son, Patrick Miller of Polk City, FL; step son Kenneth and son, Tomas Miller of Greenwood, AR.; sisters, Dimple Miller of Minneapolis, MN., and Wilma (Dale) Keefer of Lamar, AR. Grandchildren, Bailey and Gage Miller of Florida, McKenzie, Ainzley, and Linzey Doolittle of Las Cruces, NM. and several nieces and a nephew.
As per his wishes cremation has taken place and ashes will be spread near the Lodge in Colorado at a later date.
He will be missed by his family and friends.
Arrangements by McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood ,AR. A guest book is available if anyone wishes to send a message to the family.
Published in Deming Headlight on June 14, 2013