Homer Alaska - Obituaries

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Richard "Dick" Alvey Miller


Richard "Dick" Alvey Miller

July 4, 1927-May 11, 2011

Richard "Dick" Alvey Miller, aged 83, died in Anchorage on May 11, 2011. He was born on July 4, 1927, on a farm in Union County, Miss. His parents were John Thomas Miller and Mattie Collins Miller. His older brothers, John, George and Lawrence, and sister Birma preceded him in death. He graduated from public school in Myrtle and Mississippi College, Clinton, Miss. He held master's degrees from Southwestern Baptist Seminary and from the University of Mississippi. An ordained Baptist minister, he first came to Ketchikan in 1949, and except for schooling, lived the rest of his life in Alaska.

Dick married Opal Marie Hammond in 1955, in Rotan, Texas, and they made their first home in Kotzebue. Over the years, they lived and he pastored churches in Ketchikan, Fairbanks, Kotzebue, Mountain Village, Emmonak, Sitka and Anchorage. In 1999, the Millers moved to Homer, returning to live at Chester Park in Anchorage in early 2009. In the arctic he flew a light plane and drove a dog team.

Dick taught for the Anchorage School District and on the college level, mostly teaching Alaska history. He volunteered for many years teaching U.S. government to immigrants desiring U.S. citizenship and served as volunteer chaplain with Hospice of Anchorage. He preached many times for the Chinese Gospel Church of Anchorage. He enjoyed playing piano, painting landscapes with oils, genealogy, and sharing and writing about family and his experiences for his sons and grandchildren. A favorite Bible verse of his was Proverbs 3:5-6.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Opal, and his five sons, their spouses and children: Richard A. Jr. and Babette of Anchorage, Lindsey and Richard; Thomas H. and Barbara of Anchorage, Sam and Jack; Phillip J. and Carline of Cooper Landing, Crystal; George D. and Kathryn of Grand Junction, Colo., Kaitlyn; and John E. of Grand Rapids, Minn. He also is survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces.

A memorial service and reception will be held in Anchorage at 2 p.m. May 21 at the Muldoon Road Baptist Church. He will be buried in the downtown Anchorage cemetery. The family may be contacted at rematch@msn.com or (907) 227-6767.