So Long, Mutts!
A little future hockey star, Harry V. Miller was born in Fort Francis, Ontario on April 4th 1921. Sadly, before his 100th birthday, for which he had long awaited, he made his transition peacefully on February 13th 2021 in Harrison, Arkansas.
Harry leaves behind his long-time care giver and wife of the home, Arline S. flint, his Son, Kurt Miller of Sequim, Washington and daughter, Monica Ruhl of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In his early twenties, his hockey abilities were already recognized widely as he played for various Canadian hockey teams and consequently was recruited by the Sacramento Oilers professional hockey team. He happily joined them, saying goodbye to his Canadian home and moved to the United States, proudly becoming an American Citizen. Harry experienced and exciting career, and affectionately become known at “Mutts” Miller.
Life was interrupted for him as so many others due to WWII. Enlisting in the US Navy, Harry served during the war as a gunner’s mate on the high seas in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters of the war.
Returning home after the war, Harry entered the insurance business and finally became an independent insurance agent. Ultimately, he built a business for his booming practice and remained the pivotal center of the Miller Insurance Agency for many years. During this time, he became a pilot and was thrilled to have his own plane.
By the time he retired, his son and daughter were grown and Kurt, an accomplished jeweler, had a business in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Harry moved there to join him in his business, but eventually moved to Harrison, Arkansas for more exciting adventures. In his later years, he drove to Yellowstone Park and worked with the Staff there for a Summer, delighting in the outdoors he loved so much. After that adventure, he was part of the Silver Dollar City Starr for several years where he was honored for a heroic act of saving the life of another employee of the Park. Finally, in his 90’s he put his working years behind him, content to spend his retirement years in Harrison, Arkansas. He was a familiar daily face at the Senior Center in Harrison and up until it was shut down due to Covid 19 restrictions, he faithfully exercised in their gym, every day without fail for the good part of an hour.
The last few years until his death, he spent quietly at home, often in touch with his many nieces and nephews. His seven siblings had all preceded him in death over his final years.
Harry Miller; one of the last remaining of what Tom Brokaw considered the “Last Greatest Generation”.
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