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At 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, October 7, Ted Bruce Miller, peacefully passed through the veil from this mortal existence into the arms of our loving Heavenly Father.
Ted was born on October 29, 1939 in Pocatello, Idaho to John Miller and Helen Colson Miller. He was the second of 5 children. Ted was always strong willed and independent, even as a child. At age 14, he struck out on his own to make his mark on the world. He did farm work on family farms in the DuBois area of Idaho. Ted took night classes in order to earn his high school diploma. In April of 1959, Ted enlisted in the US Army. He served as an Infantry Communications Specialist for the First Cavalry Division. In May of 1962, he was honorably discharged. Once back in Idaho, he met Linda Pettingill. They were married in January of 1964. They had 3 sons together, Richard, James, and David. They lived in Idaho, Oregon, and eventually Utah. During this time, Ted worked as a salesman for various companies, including Montgomery Ward. Once in Salt Lake, he worked as a manufactures distributer for Basset Furniture. In 1974, they decided to go their separate ways. Ted remained in Salt Lake as a Manufactures distributer for Riverside Furniture. In 1991, he found himself working for Self Service Furniture in Twin Falls, Idaho. This is where he met Jackie Schell. They married in 1996 in Boise, Idaho. In 1999, Ted and Jackie moved to Mesquite, Nevada where he opened his own store, Virgin River Oak Furniture. Ted always loved Political Science and stayed active in his community. He served on the Water Board in Mesquite and was a volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce. He stayed heavily involved in local politics. He felt it was his civic duty to serve his community and improve not only his quality of life, but that of his neighbors as well. In his spare time, Ted was an avid golfer, loved to travel, and could often be found playing cards with friends. He won many local awards for community service as well as golfing trophies.
Unfortunately, in July of this year, Ted took a hard fall onto cement. As a result, he entered into Rehab at The Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins. After 4 weeks of rehab, it was determined that Ted had suffered permanent and irreversible nerve damage. He began hospice care in August of this year. He did well while in their care but took a sudden decline. He passed peacefully from Congestive Heart Failure.
Ted is Survived by his 3 sons, Richard (Emily) of Layton, UT, James (Alene) of West Valley City, UT, and David (Rachael) of Gresham, OR, 4 grandchildren, Brittany, Michael, Walter, and Cordelia, his brothers Gary and Jimmy, his sister Jendi, and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Billy, and his grandson Ian.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Doctors, Nurses, and staff at the Veterans Home in Ivins, to Zion’s Way Hospice, Ted’s hospice nurse Kathy, and Ted’s sweet neighbor Donna, for all of the kind and loving care they gave to Ted.
A memorial service and internment will take place at Lindquist Memorial Park in Layton, Utah in the coming weeks. Details to be announced.