Obituaries: Ronald Vern Miller(1926-2008)

September 17, 2008 11:00 pm

Ronald Vern Miller died Sept. 3, 2008. He was born July 14, 1926, in Minnesota as one of five brothers to Selma and Earl Miller, and he grew up in Minneapolis.

His love of the sea guided his life's career and pleasure. Ron was a Navy seaman second class and a seaman with the Military Sea Transport Service for many years. These tours of duty brought him to many foreign lands.

Ron attended the Sparling's School of Deep Sea Diving in California. Trained as a commercial hard hat diver, he was employed by Homes & Narver, Inc Engineers and Constructors during the atomic bomb testing in the Marshall Islands.

As a member of the Inland Boatman's Union he worked for Bay River Navigation hauling sugar and was a crew member and Tug Boat Engineer of many Tug companies in the San Francisco Bay. For several years his work involved building the Trans-Bay Tube for the Bay Area Transport (BART) under the bay.

In 1959 he settled with his wife Dona and her three daughters. With Ron's one son and two children of their own, they made their home in San Francisco and then to Concord across the bay. Following their desire to fulfill their country living dream, they moved to Montara in 1968. Furthering their country adventures, they owned and operated the State Line Motel in Smith River until 1977, when they built a ranch home in Fort Dick.

Their pastimes included raising mules for packing and pleasure riding, along with raising other farm animals. Ron's favorite pastime involved boating and fishing adventures. He continued scuba diving and provided plenty of abalone meals for his family and friends. With the help of his wife, he restored an old Monterey fishing boat that provided him many hours of bay and ocean fishing trips.

Ron is survived by his wife Dona; sons Gerald Miller of Fort Dick and Timothy Miller of Crescent City; daughters Denise Ceballos of Gilroy and Coleen Davis of Hollister; son-in-laws John Ceballos and Glenn Davis; daughter-in-law Michelle Tesh of Crescent City; grandchildren Eric and Rhonda Valdez, Lewis Taylor, Mark Silva of San Jose, Ryan Shook of Eugene Ore., Tanya Miller of St. Helens Ore., Robert Miller of Portsmouth, Va., and Cassandra Davis of Hollister; great-grandchildren Alana and Dominick Silva, Reanne and Macale Shook Ceballos; brothers Virgil and Wayne Miller and sisters-in-law Maureen and Marie Miller of Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Selma Miller; brothers Gerald and Earl Miller; daughters Melody and Harmony Silva, foster son Michael Miller, and grandson Wade Hurd.

Besides his family, Ron nurtured several long-lasting family friendships over the years that continued throughout his life, involving the Tarrant family, Helen Tittle and the Kutchkov family.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.