Kenneth Ellsworth Miller
1944 - 2018
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Kenneth Ellsworth Miller was born February 25, 1944. His life was full and rich with experiences and family. His father was in the military for all of Ken's youth and they traveled the world. His most vivid childhood memories were of Japan and High School in Killeen, Texas. Travel and military service were in his blood. He went to college to prepare for joining the Army and getting into flight school, in the hopes of becoming a helicopter pilot. Never one to be deterred, when he wasn't accepted into flight school he applied to the Special Forces. He completed the necessary training, including jump school and proudly served as a Staff Sergeant for three years as a Demolitionist cross-trained in Small Arms within a Green Beret A Team in Germany.

Upon returning to the States, Ken completed the Warrant Officer program and was accepted into flight school. He flew in Vietnam with the 281st AHC. He was proud to be part of the Wolfpack, a support helicopter gunship unit for the 5th Special Forces. He was a decorated officer who was awarded numerous military campaign and service medals. Most notably and the one he was the most proud of was the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also awarded two Bronze Stars and the Air Medal, as well as several other service and campaign medals.

After Vietnam he met his future wife, 2nd Lt. Sharyn Boody, Army Nurse Corps. They were married May 22, 1970, and had four beautiful children of whom they could not be more proud. Ken retired from the military in May of 1983 as a Major and moved to the Port Angeles area to raise his family. He went from decorated military officer to setting up shop as a Farrier, enjoying his retirement making horses feel better and raising his family. After six years he began a third career, Author. He wrote one book which he self-published and sold nationally and internationally, Have you Kicked Your Horseshoer Today. He also wrote seventeen screen plays. One, Missing in America, made it to production, starring Danny Glover, Linda Hamilton, Ron Perlman, David Strathairn and Zoe Weizenbaum.

Shortly after this production Ken suffered a stroke and he stopped writing. But nothing stopped him from having an active relationship with his children and grandchildren and his many grandchildren adopted into his heart. Ken lived a full and wonderful life surrounded by those that loved him. He loved racquetball, paintball, scuba, water and snow skiing, and collecting cars. In his later years he discovered his love for golf and spent many happy times on the green. Ken is survived by his sisters, JeanAnn Lynch, Debbie Duffy (Jeff), his devoted wife Sharyn, his children Shane (Coral), Jody, Scott (Katheena), and Clint. His grandchildren, Curtis, Brynn, Brianna, Sophia, Allyson, Kaylena, Emma and Aubri. Ken died March 1, 2018, with his wife at his side. His tee-shirts, sense of adventure, and infectious laugh will be missed by all that knew him. He was not only a decorated military hero, but a hero to his family. A celebration of life will be held March 17th from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Dungeness Meadows club house, at 461 Dungeness Meadows (off of River Road) in Sequim. Dress is casual. The family requests contributions to the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle.

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Published in Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 11, 2018.
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October 18, 2018
When ever I saw Ken and his wife he could make me smile no matter how bad my day was...his infectious smile will truly be missed
Richard Koharian
March 19, 2018
Miller Family, Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to you on the passing of Ken. He was my first cousin and haven't seen each other in years. His mom (Jean) and my mom (Mary)were sisters. I remember when they would come and visit us and our grandfather in New Jersey back in the 60's and I think that was the last time we saw Ken. Aunt Jean & Uncle Ken would tell us stories when they were overseas. Great Memories. I do keep in touch with his sister Jeann. His obituary is beautiful, and from what I have read he was a wonderful service men, husband, father, and grand father, and a good friend to many. May he rest in peace. Cousin Estelle Farrante.
Estelle (Farrante) Galati
March 15, 2018
Dear brother Dear
Jeanann Miller Lynch
March 14, 2018
Miller Family; My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the family. I have many found memories of Ken when he was growing up. Ken's mom and I were sisters. He will be missed by many who knew him. May he rest in peace. Love to the Family; Aunt Gen Elko
Gen Elko
March 13, 2018
Ken and the whole Miller family was like my 2nd family as a young kid. I loved spending time with all of them and Ken would always be able to crack everyone up! You will be missed Ken. Love ya, buddy.
March 13, 2018
My deepest condolences to family and his friends. Sorry for your loss and may God watch over you and bring peace to your hearts.
Sharon Tully
March 12, 2018
We have an empty place in our lives. No one else can fill it. We were fire team leaders together, hootch mates together, friends forever and some of the best memories forever. Ken, you will be greatly missed.
Wes Schuster
March 12, 2018
Miller Family; Our deepest Sympathy goes out to you on the passing of Ken. He was my first cousin and we haven't seen each other in Years. His mom and my mom were sisters. I remember them coming to visit our grand father in New Jersey back in the 60's and I think that was the last time we saw Ken. I do keep in touch with his sister Jeann. His obituary is beautiful, and from what I have read he was a wonderful service men, husband, father, and grand father, and a good friend to many. May he rest in peace. cousin Louise Farrante
Louise & Mike Kacsur
March 12, 2018
The first time we all got together (San Francisco, 1988) after Vietnam, with Bob George who flew his helicopter down and saved us on Thanksgiving Day 1969 (after we were shot down).
March 12, 2018
For the Family, God bless.
Clay Barbieri
March 12, 2018
You can tell a lot about a father by his son. I did not know Mr. Miller but his son Shane is a good man, loves his family, balances his business and family obligations well. Always ready to help. A son is the refection of his father. Such men that raise their sons to be men are sorely needed and are a huge loss when they pass on. Prayers for the family.
Clay Barbieri
March 11, 2018
I'll never forget Ken's infectious laugh when he riddled me with paintballs or layed down a wicked kill shot in racquetball...I feel honored and lucky to have known him... rest in peace Ken.
Kyle Flotto-Myers
March 11, 2018
You will be greatly missed by everyone. We will never forget our motorhome trip to Canada, our visits in Seattle, the great times we spent in Lake Tahoe, and most of all our special bond of calling each other on Thanksgiving. Love you brother!
March 10, 2018
Ken was a fellow pilot but more importantly he was a friend. You lived a great life and I'll miss you, pl ease don't drink all the root beer till we meet again.
Jeff Murray
March 10, 2018
On March 1st, we all lost a great American - soldier and friend. Our lives were enriched by having known Ken and family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sharyn and family.
Jim and Martha Bailey
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