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Ellwood Dale Miller

September 1, 2011 by

Ellwood Dale Miller, 74 passed away at home in Portland on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.

Ellwood was born April 25, 1937 in Albany.  He was the elder son of Dale and Fern (Farwell) Miller.  His grandfather (Farwell) settled in the Shedd area in the 1850’s and farmed on a donation land claim.  Ellwood was raised in the Shedd area where his family spent many years farming.  He graduated from Shedd High School in 1955.  He played the saxophone, was active in the Future Farmers of America and 4-H.  He was an integral part of  the family’s farming activity, basically growing up on the back seat of a tractor.

Ellwood graduated from Oregon State University in 1961.  After his college ROTC experience he joined the Army and served two years on active duty as a commissioned officer.  He did post graduate work at the University of Portland and the Psychoanalytic Institute in Seattle, Wash.

Ellwood’s professional career included working as a 4-H Extension agent, a parole officer for McClaren and Hillcrest schools, and a pilot for the Sate of Oregon.

Post retirement, Ellwood was a volunteer with the 4-H Foundation and served as a trustee on the board.  He also served as a board member and president of the Portland Chamber Orchestra Association.  He had a wide range of interests including skiing, cycling, hiking, traveling, and flying his Cessna 170.  He skied the Alps and peddled in Cycle Oregon.  Ellwood was a practical man.  He enjoyed projects that involved electrical work, machinery, and general problem solving.  He was a man of many hats.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Dennis.

Survivors include wife Sharon (Duval) Miller; son and daughter-in-law Greg and Christina Miller of Seattle, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law Jeri and Ken Houle of Hillsboro; brothers-in law and sisters-in-law Jay and Ceci (Duval) Farmen and Michael and Deina Duval; grandchildren Rob and Kerrie Houle and Natalie and Jacqueline Miller.

A memorial service will be held on Oct. 15, 2011, at the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 6705 SE 14th Ave., Portland at 1 p.m.

Remembrances may be made to the following: Providence Hospice, 6410 NE Halsey, Portland 97213; Portland Chamber Orchestra Association, P.O. Box 9024, Portland 97207; 4-H Foundations, 119 Ballard, Extension Hall, Corvallis 97331; or to a charity of your choice.

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