George Ronald Miller
1937 - 2020
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George Ronald Miller
Sept. 13, 1937 - May 14, 2020
George Miller was born Sept. 13, 1937 to Beulah and Walter Miller in Longview, Wash. He attended a one-room school house in Lexington about a mile from their home. He later attended middle and high schools in Kelso, Wash., and graduated in 1955. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences in 1960. It was at the University of Washington that he met Janice George. They were married in 1962.
George began his career with the Weather Bureau (currently National Weather Service) in Portland, Ore., in 1960. His career took him to Medford, Ore.; Denver, Colo., and Salt Lake City, Utah. He returned to Portland in 1982 as Meteorologist in Charge/Area Manager, the position from which he retired in 1994.
From a co-worker's invitation in 1962, he joined Toastmasters. He spent over 50 years with that organization in various roles from club president to Governor, District 15 for mainly Utah and Idaho. During that time he participated in and won several speech contests.
While in Medford he joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) and spent many years with that organization and was rewarded with a JCI Senatorship while with the Cherry Creek Jaycees in Colorado. He was a member of the American Meteorological Society, both nationally and locally where he served as local club president.
As a meteorologist he was given the opportunity to write many articles on the weather. Some of these were presented at conferences as far away as Halifax, Nova Scotia. The thrill of writing continued after his retirement. He authored two books on Pacific Northwest weather, "Pacific Northwest Weather: But My Barometer Says Fair" and "Lewis and Clark's Northwest Journey, Weather Disagreeable." He also authored or co-authored four Arcadia Publishing books in their Images of America series: Gresham, Oregon; Kelso, Washington; Portland Rose Festival and Grant County, Oregon.
Having been brought up on a farm north of Kelso, the love of gardening seemed to enter his blood. He enjoyed this hobby and earlier achieved the title of Master Gardener while in Portland. He and his wife, Janice, canned or froze many of their own vegetables. He assumed control of the 40+ roses at Trinity Lutheran Church, but relinquished that duty due to age. Following in his father's and older brother's tradition he was a beekeeper for many years.
George is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janice; and three older sisters, Beulah, Ramona and Anne. He has two sons, both living in the Portland area, Chris and Tim; one granddaughter, Kaeli; and one grandson, Carson. He asks that any remembrances be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Gresham, the The Nature Conservancy or the Environmental Defense Fund.
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Published in The Oregonian from May 20 to May 24, 2020.
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June 1, 2020
We appreciate George's leadership of the NWS office, Oregon AMS, and his thoughtful Weather Watching articles for our newsletters. He was a kind and generous man. Condolences from the team at Columbia Weather Systems.
Nader & Martha Khoury
May 26, 2020
I had the profound pleasure of working along side George in the Oregon Historical Society Museum Store starting in 2003. George taught me so much about Oregon's history and weather. He was a kind, caring, generous, intelligent, and humorous man that I miss dearly. My condolences to Janice, Chris, and all of his wonderful family.
Andrew VanDerZanden
May 26, 2020
I have known George since 1962. He always was nice to work with and had a quick wit. We both liked to compare gardening issues and weather observations we both like to keep. We will always miss him.
David Olsen
May 24, 2020
My sympathy and condolences go to Janice and the family. I will always remember George as a good man. I always looked forward to seeing George when he came into my insurance office. He was one of my favorite persons. Heaven is a better place now that George is there. May God give peace and comfort to the family.
Mike Ferguson
May 24, 2020
On behalf of the entire Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), we offer our sincerest condolences to George's family, on his passing. He was such a talented and accomplished man. He will be missed by many.
Steve Pierce
Oregon AMS President
KOIN 6 Meteorologist
Steve Pierce
May 22, 2020
Uncle George was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle and friend to many. He was generous and kind, with a quick wit and keen sense of humor. He will be missed a lot. Rest in peace.
Gary and Patti Johnson
May 22, 2020
I always looked forward to the Sunday's that he read the lessons. He was truly a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church. God bless Janice and his family.
Rev. Glenn Chase
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