Roger Miles MILLER

Roger Miles MILLER

Age 83. Died peacefully at home in Seattle on April 29, 2013, 3 months after a late stage colon cancer diagnosis. Born Dec. 22, 1929, in Pasco, WA to Elmer Miller and Merle Ellis Miller but grew up in Seattle. Roger's grandparents on both sides came to the Northwest in covered wagons on the Oregon Trail. Graduated from Roosevelt High School 1947, University of Washington 1952 (BA Russian Studies) and 1966 (MA Russian Literature), Georgetown University 1954 (BA Foreign Service), Case Western Reserve 1957 (Masters Library Science). Completed two terms of service in the U.S. Army Reserve, 1951-1956. Career librarian, working for University of Minnesota, U.S. Library of Congress, Centralia College, University of Washington, U.S. Department of Defense, and Seattle Pacific University, retired 1995. Roger and his wife Edith were married 54 years and lived in Seattle for 37, as well as Minneapolis; Centralia, WA; Garmisch, Germany; and Cascade, CO. Roger was a life-long traveler, voracious reader, classical music lover, political and environmental activist, and hiker. A highlight of Roger's hiking and travel was completing the 92 mile Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier at the age of 72. He was an active member of University Congregational Church for many decades, participating in the Bell Choir, Sister Church delegation to St. Petersburg, and many other church study and social outreach groups. Preceded in death by sister Barbara Miller. Survived by wife Edith, daughter Kathy (Sue) of Eugene, Eric of Seattle, Daniel of Portland, and nephew David Goins of Boise.

His Memorial Service will be Saturday, May 11, 2013, at University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle.

Remembrances may be made to the University Churches Emergency Fund, Mwanzo Proud Farmers, and KING FM 98.1. Complete obituary and guestbook at

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Published in The Seattle Times from May 4 to May 5, 2013