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Howard R. Miller

Howard Miller was born in Seattle on November 21st, 1926. He passed away in his sleep on April 6th, which was exactly ten weeks after he lost his dear wife, Jeanne. They were married for over 65 years.

Over the years Howard was very involved. He graduated from the University of Washington and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He worked at Milmanco Corp. and later on became Director of Publications at the University of Washington. Additionally, he was part owner of Esquin Wine Merchants, president of the UWRA, volunteer probation officer for the City of Bellevue, chair of the King County Mental Health Board and was also a Shakespearean actor in summer theatre, just for fun.

In his early years he was a mountain climber who summited all six Washington major peaks. On his second ascent of Rainier a large boulder rolled down onto his head and he had to be airlifted out. This serious injury did not slow him down for long.

He was an accomplished gourmet chef and made his own wine. His love of food and wine was equal to his love of exercise. After his climbing accident, he switched to long distance running, winning numerous races in his age category. His best marathon, out of the twenty-seven he ran, was 2 hours, 36 minutes, which is a six minute mile. He accomplished this at age 47.

Remember that guy back in the early 70's who became locally famous for running across the Mercer Island floating bridge to work and back? Yep, that was him - 24 miles per day. Remember that guy on the first Nike print ad with the tag - There Is No Finish Line? Yep - that was also him.

Howard was well loved by family and friends. He always had a smile, a kind word and a corny joke on the tip of his tongue. He was the consummate gentleman, treating everyone with affection and respect. His view was that life is precious, and he was a true bon vivant. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by daughter Nina Kissel and her spouse Jean-Paul, son Hart, sister Virginia Wilcox, grandchildren Shelly Weinmeister, Remy Kissel (Heather) and Stephanie Kissel, and great-grandchildren Ashley, Mason, Skylar and Noah.

A celebration of his life will be held at East Shore Unitarian Church on Saturday, May 25th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a .
Published in The Seattle Times on May 19, 2013
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