Perry J. Miller of Chewelah passed away June 20 at St. Jo¬seph’s Hospital. He was 90.
Perry was born Feb. 8, 1921 in Brookfield, Ill., to Perry D. Miller and Barbara L. (Eminger) Miller. He attended high school in Ripley, OK and college at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater).
He married Helen J. Miller Nov. 23, 1941 in Stillwater. From 1941 to 1943, Perry worked at Boeing in Renton. He farmed at Arden from 1943 to 1946. Perry started Colville Trucking in 1947 with Les Buckley. In 1958, he started the original Colville Livestock Auction and worked as the owner/manager of that business until 1961.
Perry farmed and ranched at Moses Lake from 1962 to 1973. He then moved to Oklahoma, where he owned and operated an oil field business in Oklahoma and Arkansas. After retiring in 1973, he lived in Mesa, AZ, at Waitts Lake, Canton, OK., at Lewiston, Idaho and at Chewelah.
Perry attended church at the Congregational Church in Colville and was a charter member of the Eagles Lodge in Colville. Perry was an honorary chapter farmer with the Colville FFA. He helped organize the original Stevens County Sheriff’s Horse Posse, as well as the original Colville Saddle Clinchers Riding Club.
Perry is survived by his wife, Helen Miller, Chewelah; son David Miller and his wife, Donna, Moses Lake; daughter, Donna (Miller) Kerst and her husband, Jim, Valley; grandchildren Connie M. Hedrick, Lewiston; Dennis E. Hedrick, Midland, VA; Pamela M. (Hedrick) Welle, Lewiston; Krista D. (Miller) Jones, Moses Lake; Julie D. (Miller) Garibay, Moses Lake, and Stacy L. (Miller) Orozco, Moses Lake; great-grandchildren, Jord’Enn, David Mende, Rylee Garibay, Brynlyn King, Haylee Orozco, and Kaylyn Orozco, Moses Lake; Clark Hedrick, Fairfax, VA; Chardee’ Timis, Kalispell, MT; and Amanda and Courtney Welle, Lewiston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by his brother, Clarence; by his sister, Theora; and by his children, Diane, Debby, Danny and Wayne Miller.
Funeral service will be held at a later date.