Ronald "Ron" Miller (1939 - 2012)

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  • "I worked with Ron on Western Anchorage in 1982-83. He..."
    - Henry Reuwer
  • "Jeanette, I don't know at this point in time, if you will..."
  • "MY HEART FELT CONDOLENCES TO JANNETTE AND FAMILY."
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    - Rose Lee

On September 6, 2012, Ronald 'Ron' Miller passed away at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle Washington from complications relating to his two year long, hard fought battle against pancreatic cancer. His wife of 54 years was with him as he slipped peacefully from this life to the next.
Ron was born in Los Angeles, CA on March 28 1939 and grew up in Southern California. In 1957 he joined the United States Coast Guard. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeanette, in 1958. They had just celebrated their 54th anniversary in July of this year. In 1980, after 24 years, Ron retired from the United States Coast Guard. His deep love of the sea was cemented during his years in the Coast Guard. One of the many highlights of his Coast Guard career was being stationed on a USCG icebreaker and making two Antarctic patrols while assigned to that ship.
In 1974 Ron was transferred to Juneau. Four years later he was assigned to St Petersburg, FL for his last tour of duty. Upon his retirement from the USCG in 1980 the family returned to their home in Juneau.
After retiring from the Coast Guard "Captain Ron", as he was known to his friends, worked for Western Geophysical for eight years, captaining several ships involved in off shore oil exploration in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas. Following that he spent 15 years as a Tug Captain for Amak and Revilla Tug Companies, assisting ships in and out of Juneau and other SE harbors. In recent years he was employed by SeaPro as a member of their quick response oil recovery team.
Ron loved all things associated with boats and the water. He spent his retirement years working on his beloved "Sea Biscuit", which he converted from a fishing boat to a pleasure boat. He, his family and friends, were able to spend many hours on the "Biscuit" fishing and traveling all around Southeast.
After retirement Ron and Jeanette were able to travel extensively to Australia, the Philippines, Mexico, England, Scotland and many countries in Europe. Baja Mexico was one of Ron's favorite fishing places. He and Jeanette also loved traveling the US in their camper. Additionally, Ron played many a fierce Cribbage game with his sons, grandsons, and friends.
Ron is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeanette. Three sons: Michael and his son, Neiko, of Juneau, Matthew and his wife Angela, their two sons, Jesse and Justin of Juneau, and Jeffrey and his wife Rebecca and their son Anthony of Edmonds, WA. Sadly, Ron will not be with us for the birth of another grandchild in November.
A celebration of life will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 2500 Sunset Drive, Juneau on September 29, at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, (pancan.org) or Cancer Connection of Juneau.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27, 2012
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