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Clyde Ellis "PeaPaw" Millo passed away peacefully on the evening of April 19, 2014.
PeaPaw was born on January 13, 1929, in Seattle, Washington, to Albert Edward and Norma Belle (Ellis) Millo.
He lived and worked in Seattle, Alaska and the Columbia River Gorge before settling in Port Angeles in 1964.
He married Marjorie Eloise Thompson on November 28, 1952, at First Baptist Church in Seattle.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany, and returned to earn a bachelor's degree from the School of Forestry at the University of Washington. He served a long career with the Washington state Department of Natural Resources, where he was able to commune with nature, his lifelong passion.
He spent much of his life enjoying the bounty of the land and sea. An avid gardener, his friends and family could often find him in his garden tending to his flowers, herbs and vegetables.
His favorite flower was the peace rose, but his garden was full of dahlias, sunflowers and daisies. Better green beans, raspberries and tomatoes you could not find anywhere.
He loved to fish and spent many evenings smoking his fresh salmon with his legendary secret recipe.
He loved to serve the community. After his retirement from the DNR, he worked with the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce teaching seniors how to use computers. He was also a beloved member of First Baptist Church and spent much of his time fellowshipping with his friends there.
Although he and Marjorie originally considered raising rabbits instead, they had four children. PeaPaw was incredibly proud and supportive of his children and grandchildren.
He shared his love of sports, music and the outdoors with them. He rarely missed a soccer game, volleyball match or music gig. He took the kids and grandkids on numerous camping, fishing, crabbing and clamming trips.
He spent much time proudly telling stories about his children's and grandchildren's accomplishments. His camera was always full of photos of them and breathtaking views of the outdoors. They loved him and the time they spent with him very much.
He is survived by his beloved wife of over 61 years, Marjorie; his children, Sylvia Rollins (Mikel) of Seattle, Kenneth Millo (Elvee) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Virginia Lee Millo and Elizabeth Petrish (Nicholas) of Mount Vernon, Washington; his grandchildren, Jade (Jeff), Nerissa (Eric), Annalisa, Daren, Ashley (Levi), Lillian (Jake), Noah (Kayla), Joseph (Kathleen), Emily and Carmen; and great-grandchildren Jonas, Vivian and Jacksen.
The family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support from PeaPaw's friends and acquaintances. We would like to give a special thanks to the friends who assisted in transport to and from medical appointments, as well as the family, doctors and nurses, hospice and caregivers who assisted in his final months and days.
Friends and family and all who loved him are invited to join in a celebration of PeaPaw's life on Saturday, May 3, at First Baptist Church, 105 West Sixth Street, Port Angeles, WA.
Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Apr. 27, 2014