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Edsel Miller


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Edsel Miller Obituary
Former Estes Park resident Edsel Leo Miller, 95, died peacefully in his home in Norman, OK, on November 17, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 26, 2016 at John Ireland Funeral Home, 120 S. Broadway, Moore, OK. Ed was born in Overbrook, Kansas, on October 29, 1921, to Helen (Cavanaugh) and Earl Miller. After graduation from Overbrook High School in 1939, Ed attended Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. He joined ROTC and attended Officer Candidate School, entering active duty as a first lieutenant in the US Army. He served with the 75th Infantry Division, 275th Combat Battalion, and saw action during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium during the closing months of WWII. After the war, Ed resumed his studies at Kansas State, completing both a masters and PhD in chemistry. He then went to work for Continental Oil Company (Conoco) in Ponca City, Oklahoma, as a research chemist. He specialized in the chemistry of motor oil additives and earned several patents. In 1957 Conoco moved Ed and his young family, now with two children, Gail and Steve, to Houston, where they lived until 1965 when an opportunity arose to move back to Ponca City. After the death of his wife, Barbara in 1971, Ed married Martha Mainers in May of 1974. In 1984, after his retirement from Conoco, Ed and Martha moved to Estes Park, Colorado, where they resided for thirty-one years. Ed served on the board of Directors for the Estes Park Hospital Foundation and the Windcliff Property Owners Association. In addition, Ed volunteered for the Estes Park "Meals on Wheels" program for many years. He and Martha attended Mountain View Bible Fellowship church in Estes Park for 31 years. Being helpful to others was important to Ed throughout his life. A modest, reserved, self-contained man, his achievements were the result of intelligence, hard work, integrity and thrift. His intelligence was wide-ranging; he understood both advanced chemistry and how to fix a broken lawn mower. Ed is survived by his beloved wife, Martha, as well as their children, Tom Mainers of McLoud, OK, Gail (Miller) Remy of Norman, OK, Sherrye (Mainers) Paxton of Seminole, OK, Steve Miller of Edmonds, WA, and Lynn (Mainers) Cossey of Yukon, OK; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made in Ed's name to either of the following ministries: Ravencrest Chalet - an international bible school and retreat center, PO Box 2620, Estes Park, CO 80517. Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church 1575 S. St. Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Nov. 30, 2016
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