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Melvin (Mick) Miller passed away October 17, 2021 after battling complications from a stroke.
Funeral Services will be held at 11AM, Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 N. 4th St., Bismarck.
Visitation will be from 5-6PM, Wednesday, October 20, at Eastgate Funeral Service, 2302 E. Divide Ave, Bismarck.
Mick was born February 8, 1933, in Burns, MT to Godtfred and Bertha (Schmidt) Miller. He was raised on the family farm in Savage, MT. Mick was a member of the graduating class of 1951 from Savage High School. He left Savage to attend Western Montana College in Dillon, MT on a basketball scholarship where he met his future wife Joyce Hariu. They married October 11, 1952 and returned to Savage.
He was drafted into the US Army in April 1953 where he honorably served as a military police officer in Des Moines, IA before being deployed to Korea. When he was discharged in April of 1955 they returned to Savage & farmed until 1967 when they moved off the farm and into town. He drove truck for a few years before becoming the Foreman-clerk at Knife River Coal Mining Company’s Savage Mine on October 1, 1968. Before his retirement on April 17, 1993, he had moved up to the position of mine superintendent. Long into his retirement he enjoyed part-time farming for the Bastas and the Iversens. He finally fully retired and in September 2014 he and Joyce moved to Bismarck, ND to be closer to their daughters when his health started to fail.
Mick loved his family and spending time with his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He enjoyed bowling in the fall and winter and spending the summers at their cabin on the Van Hook Arm of Lake Sakakawea. He and Joyce spent their days at the lake boating and fishing and playing bingo.
Mick is survived by Joyce, his wife of 69 years; his daughters, Patricia (James) Murray, Bismarck, Sharon (Milo) Gramm, Backus, MN, Marilyn (David) Gedrose, Miles City, MT, Tracy Miller, Bismarck, and Peggy Miller, Bismarck; six grandchildren, Lindsey (Willie Miner) Iversen, Sean (Krista) Murray, Vanessa (Nathan) Erickson, Jessica Fitzgerald, Sara Murray and Joe Gedrose; eight great-grandchildren, Blake Iversen & Riley Fitzgerald, Makenna & Aubree Murray, Isla and Jonah Hilzendeger, Emma Erickson and Seth Fitzgerald.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Godtfred and Bertha; his brothers, Ervin, Lester and Perry Miller; his sister, Bernice Dawe and great-grandson, Beckett Hilzendeger.