James Miller

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James L. Miller, 21, loving son, brother, husband, father and friend, died March 29, 2010, while serving his country in Dashat, Afghanistan.

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Nazarene Church in Zillah, Wash., with private burial afterward. A service with full military honors will be at 3 p.m. April 14 at Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Wash.

James was born Dec. 30, 1988, in Washington, D.C., to Kim (Vaughn) and Nick Miller. After his birth, James and his family lived in numerous cities while his father served in the Army. The family eventually settled in Alaska in 1990. James lived there until going away to attend college.

He graduated from Chugiak High School in 2007. In the fall of 2007, he traveled with friends Florijan Urekar Jr. and Ryan Hill to Yakima, Wash., to attend Yakima Valley Community College. It was there in October 2007 that he met his future wife, Katie Pearson. They were married June 14, 2008, on Katie's 19th birthday. They were blessed with a daughter, Peyton Marie Miller, on Sept. 29, 2008.

James enlisted in the Army in August 2008 to serve his country, provide for his family and further his career options.

James enjoyed playing video games, especially on his Xbox 360, hunting, fishing, riding his four-wheeler, playing paintball with friends and playing cards at the Caribbean Casino in Yakima and RC's in Sunnyside.

All who loved and knew him will miss him. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.

James is survived by his wife, Katie; daughter, Peyton; mother, Kim Miller of Eagle Lake, Minn.; father, Nick Miller of Chugiak; sister, Mandie (Ben) Hanel; nephews, Jaegar and Scully Hanel of Eagle Lake; grandmothers, Patricia Vaughn of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Mary Wells of Williamstown, W.Va.; parents-in-law, Dave and Diane Pearson of Granger, Wash.; brother-in-law, David Pearson of Pullman, Wash.; sister-in-law, Kristy (Clint) Stewart; nieces, Tiffany, Emma and Catherine of Granger; aunts, Missy Vaughn (Tim) and Joy Vaughn; uncle, Timmy Vaughn; and cousins, Tyler Martin, Brianna Shelton, Chelsea Townsend and Brayden Townsend, all of Parkersburg, W.Va.

James was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Arthur Vaughn and James Miller.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in James' name is being set up to send aid to the troops in Afghanistan. A second memoral fund to benefit his daughter has been established and funds may be donated at Wells Fargo Bank under "A Memorial Fund for Peyton Miller in Memory of James Miller."

Contributions may also be sent in care of Valley Hills Mortuary, 607 Second Ave., Zillah, WA 98953.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2010
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