Homer resident Leonard “Earl” Miller, 86, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care in Homer with his daughter Patti and granddaughter Sandra at his side.
Memorial services were held Feb. 21, 2014 at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer.
Earl was born Dec. 17, 1927 in Lone Tree Schoolhouse, somewhere between his parent’s home and Big Sandy, Mont. It isn’t quite clear why his parents stopped there, probably the stork caught up with them or there was a bad storm and they couldn’t go any further. Earl attended the one-room schoolhouse in Lincoln, Mont., where he moved with his family in 1930.
Growing up in the country, he loved to fish and learned to hunt at an early age. He also enjoyed ice skating and bowling.
Earl graduated from Helena High School and immediately went into the Air Force. He spent 30 months overseas and returned to Lincoln when he was discharged. Later, he was recalled into the service and was gone for another 13 months. Earl was an airplane mechanic, and finally returned to Lincoln and to work in the sawmills.
Earl moved to Townsend, Mont. in the early 1950s to run a sawmill there. He married Grace Marie Jellison on Sept. 10, 1955 in Butte, Mont. They had two children, Patti and Mike, and were divorced Oct. 26, 1961.
On Feb. 21, 1967, Earl married Marceil A. Parton Schults, a mother of eight children at Townsend, Mont. They lived there until September 1974, then moved to South Bend, Wash. He went to work for the BN Railroad and later bought a house and moved to Raymond, Wash.
Earl retired in 1995, and his wife passed away May 5, 1998. In 1999, he moved to Homer and lived in a cabin built for him at Patti and Bob’s house. He spent the last two-and-a-half years in Long Term Care, where he made many friends. He will be greatly missed by many.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Anna Miller; brother, Ben Miller; sister, Ethyl Peterson; step-son, Daryl Shults and wife, Marceil Miller.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Bob Russell of Homer; son, Leonard “Mike” Wallace of Wasilla; granddaughter, Sandra Wallace of Homer; step-daughters, Deb Sackett of Rapid City, SD, Denise Allen of Wasilla, Dawn Curry of Washington, and DeeAnn.
Deans of Washington; step-sons, David Shults of Washington, Daniel Shults of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Doug Shults of Washington. He had many step-grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory. Visit Earl’s obituary and online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
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