Jerry M. Miller, 72, of Bellevue passed away Monday, July 13, 2009, at his home after a long battle with cancer. Jerry was born Dec. 21, 1936, in Topeka, Kan., to Erwin E. and Juanita Fay Miller.
He attended grade school in Kansas, Mississippi and Idaho before settling in Horseshoe Bend where he attended middle school. He spent two years of high school in Emmett. He later acquired his GED in the Army. Jerry married Carla J. Barker on Dec. 6, 1964, in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Jerry worked in logging, road construction and excavation (heavy equipment operator), as well as for the U.S. Forest Service as a vehicle operator. He even ran his own service station. He loved to go fishing and hunting, watching movies, camping, gardening, snowmobiling, riding ATVs and playing guitar, but his favorite hobby was spending time with his children, grandchildren and the rest of his family. He also loved to cook and reveled in other people's enjoyment of his meals. Jerry was an excellent marksman and earned the expert marksmanship award while serving in the army. He tried to get as much enjoyment out of life as he could, and had a natural connection with all animals.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Juanita Miller, a sister, Joanne Miller, and a brother, John Weslee Miller.
He is survived by his wife, Carla J. Miller; a son, Dan (Shawna) Miller and grandchildren Weslee and Jessee, of Redmond, Ore.; a daughter, Geri (Mike) Glick, and grandchildren Koty, Brandon and Jordan of Roy, Wash.; one brother, Jack (Joanne) Miller of Meridian, Idaho; three sisters, Connie (Jerry) Kepler of Hagerman, Idaho, Peggy (Guy) Jackon, also of Hagerman, and Judy (Randy) Henderson of Emmett, Idaho; and 10 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Hailey. Interment will be held following services at the Bellevue Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Wood River Chapel in Hailey.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Wood River Valley, Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340. A guest book and photos may be viewed online at www.woodriverchapel.com