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Russell Miller



Russell E. Miller, age 51, died on Monday, October 29, 2012 at home in Goldendale, WA, to be reunited with his brothers, Buddy and Joey, in heaven.

Russell was born in Scottsbluff, NE on March 10, 1961, his Grandpa Miller’s 53rd birthday. He moved to Washington with his parents and four siblings in 1966. The family farmed in North Franklin County where he attended Connell Schools until his senior year graduating from Othello High School. He spent his boyhood with his sister and three brothers working on the farm and raising animals to show at the county fairs with 4-H and FFA.

He had a lifelong interest in writing and majored in journalism at Eastern Washington University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. After graduation, he began a career in writing for various newspapers and agricultural publications. Russ worked for the Grower Talks of Chicago, doing some international traveling. He then returned to the Tri-Cities to be near his family after the death of his younger brother, Joey, and worked for the Tri-City Herald. He later worked for newspapers in Oregon and Montana, and more recently The Sentinel in Goldendale, WA. When he became ill with Lupus, he was forced to retire as editor of The Sentinel in Goldendale. When he felt well enough, he published items of interest about Goldendale and its people under the title of Dog Brown Productions named after his constant companion, Brownie. Russ also produced commercials for J&N Cable on Channel 4 which made Brownie famous in the surrounding community. Russ was diagnosed with liver cancer in September, and his sister, Susie, and her daughter Melissa took such delicate care of him during his illness.

Russ was proudest of his children, Amber Potvin (Nathan) and three grandsons and his son Eric, who lived with Russ since the age of twelve. Russ is predeceased by his grandparents, Alec and Lillian Miller, and Don and Dorothy Beddoes; his brothers, Joey and Buddy; his niece, Mandy; and his ex-wife, Pam. He is survived by his parents, Wilbert and Sue Miller; his sister Susie, his brother, Rick and wife Brigitte; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Russ was also survived by his faithful companion Brownie whom he left in custody of his parents.

Russ was a clever and entertaining writer, and his family will miss his quick wit and sweet nature. Russ won many awards for his writing which he seldom saved because he said he lived to write, not to win. He never forgot his friends and loved to hear from them. He loved the people of Goldendale. He felt sorry for those who had not been raised on a farm and thought his childhood was the best.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov 4, at the Columbia Hills Memorial Mortuary in Goldendale with burial on Monday morning at approximately 10 a.m. at the Warden Cemetery. A memorial service was held at the Othello Nazarene Church with a luncheon served.


Reader Comments

RVacknitz writes:

When we moved into town, he was the first person to welcome us. He told us stories of the town. He told us local lore and history. He encouraged us to check out local historic sites. He was a cool cat. He was open, kind, and giving. He always checked in on us to see how we were adjusting to small life after leaving the big city flair.


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