Rodney Wayne Miller|
Dec. 14, 1930 - July 3, 2014
Rodney W. Miller passed away peacefully on July 3, 2014, in Denver, Colorado. Rodney was born December 14, 1930, in Sheldon, Iowa, to parents Wayne B. and Audrey C. Miller. He married Marilyn Ray in 1956 and raised with her a family of 4 children in Salem, Oregon, where he served as trial lawyer and then circuit court judge until his retirement.
Rodney was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines in 1953, thinking that might be the right career for him, at least until he met Marilyn and decided that law school was the right path. He was honorably discharged in 1955 after an overseas tour in Japan, and began law school the same fall at University of Iowa, College of Law. He graduated in 1959 and moved to Salem to practice.
Rodney was a well-known participant in Salem's legal community for 4 decades. He served as the president of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel in 1976. He was first elected as circuit court judge in Marion County in 1982, and retired 16 years later. He enjoyed his years as arbiter in his own courtroom, as well as passing on his experience to aspiring lawyers in Willamette University trial practice courses.
Rodney was a golfer, skier and sailor. When the children were young, weekends were spent skiing at Mt. Bachelor in the winter, and sailing at Fern Ridge reservoir in Eugene in the summer. In addition to being a member of the Elks and Lions Clubs, Rodney was an active member over decades at the Illahe Country Club, for which he also served on the board. Once retired, Rodney and Marilyn split time between their Tucson and Salem homes for a number of years before moving to Tucson full-time. Rodney remained dedicated to his golf game until it became physically impossible. In spring of this year, Rodney left Tucson for Denver, to be closer to family.
Rodney was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Marilyn. He is survived by his brother Roger, Clayton, CA; sister Norma, Mesa, AZ; four children, Scott (spouse: Pamela) Miller, Denver, CO, Wayne (Jean) Miller, Chapel Hill, NC, Susan (Thomas) Schiess, Klamath Falls, OR, and Eric (Graham) Miller, Denver, CO; and eight grandchildren: Erica Schiess, Patrick Schiess, Drew Schiess, Thane Miller, Tynan Miller, Drew Miller, Christopher Miller and Nicholas Miller.
Rodney will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a dedicated friend, husband, father and grandfather. He will be remembered for his determination in standing up for what was right, and also for his good sense of humor, wit and charm.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, July 18, 2014 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Salem, OR. If desired, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinson.org.
Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on July 13, 2014