Charles K. Miller
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February 14, 1940 - April 20, 2013
Chuck was born on Feb. 14, 1940 to William and Marie (Ferrari) Miller in San Francisco, California where he spent his early childhood. He attended the Pillar of Fire Schools: Kindergarten and Elementary grades in San Francisco; Junior High in Pacifica, California; and High School in Denver, Colorado. He returned to California for his senior year in high school, graduating from Glendale High in 1958.
Chuck enlisted in the United States Army soon after graduating high school. After completing Basic Training at Ft. Riley, Kansas, he spent the next two years stationed in Baumholder, Germany with the 26th Infantry Division. Chuck served as a radio operator (Morse Code) with the Long Range Patrol (LRP) during his time in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1961.
After completing his military service, Chuck went to work for the LA County Sheriff's Office in Los Angeles, California as a Fingerprint Examiner and later moved to Sacramento, California to work for the Department of Justice in the same field.
In 1970 Chuck moved to Caldwell, Idaho to attend The College of Idaho. He graduated in 1972 with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Religion. Chuck began working for the Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) October 1, 1973, starting his career as a correctional officer at the Old State Penitentiary in Boise. He then transferred to District #3 Probation and Parole in Caldwell/Nampa as a senior probation officer and section supervisor. After several years in this position, he transferred to the Nampa Community Work Center as a social worker. When the new South Boise Correctional Center was built, he transferred there, along with the many of the NCWC staff. Chuck retired from IDOC on July 31, 2000.
Chuck met and married Shannon Galloway in 1972. They had two children, Erin in 1979 and Kyle in 1983. Chuck was active in his community and church family. He organized blood drives for the Red Cross, hosted a Cancer Survivor Support Group, worked for the Love INC food pantry, and shuttled elderly members to and from church. He served on the Cathedral Pines Baptist Camp Board and made the long haul to and from Ketchum, Idaho with bus-loads of hyperactive church camp kids every summer. As a member of Nampa First Baptist Church, Chuck served on the Board of Deacons, was Treasurer for several years, and worked as custodian. The church had needed a good cleaning out for many years and, when Chuck became the custodian, he made sure it happened.
Chuck was a devoted father, grandfather, and friend. When he was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, his greatest desire was to live to see his first grandchild, due to be born in August of that same year. Chuck not only lived to see his first grandchild, but all seven of his grandchildren that followed. He never forgot one of their birthdays. Even during his many health challenges, a card from him would always come in the mailbox for the birthday boy or girl. He faithfully babysat, read stories, changed diapers, and overall, just immersed himself in the fun of his little ones!
Chuck was also a faithful friend. He was quick to come if you called for help, and didn't mind asking for help himself. God gave Chuck the gift of deep and genuine love for his family and friends. He sought out opportunities to share the love of Jesus with those around him. He was quick to make a new friend or get a whole group laughing together, usually at something he said in error. His fun and approachable nature earned him the friendship of people of all ages and backgrounds. He was a bright spot in the lives of many people and his memory will always warm the hearts of those who loved him.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents William K. Miller, Marie Hammond and nephew Tom Johnson. He is survived by his daughter Erin & John Mann and grandchildren Elizabeth, Ethan, Garrett, Holly, and Whitney; by his son Kyle Miller and grandchildren Madeline and Jameson; and by his sister Carol & Morley Johnson and nephews Greg and Tim Johnson.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 4:00pm at the First Baptist Church, 1417 3rd Street South, Nampa. A dinner will be held immediately following the service. To share a memory of Charles or to offer condolences to Charles' family please visit www.alsippersons.com
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 1, 2013