Obituary of Jim Miller |

Obituary of Jim Miller

Jim Miller passed away at home, surrounded by family, on Oct. 7, 2015.

One of 10 children, he was born Aug. 16, 1946 in Nevada City to Raymond and Opal Miller. He graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1964 and attended Sierra College before being drafted into the Marine Corps.

He served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. In 1970, he married Linda Personeni. Their daughter, Jennifer, was born in 1980.

Jim worked in the timber industry for over 25 years. He spent the rest of his life ranching on Bitney Springs Road, A true farmer, Jim loved the land and all of his animals.

Every spring he would plant huge gardens and derived great pleasure from sharing his bounty with family and friends. He dried his fruits and veggies and gave his famous beef jerky for Christmas gifts.

Jim spent several years as a 4-H Sheep Leader and hosted field days on the ranch for school children to come see baby lambs in the early spring.

Those who were close to him knew that he loved A to Z Supply, buying in bulk and Cabela’s french fries.

He is survived by his wife Linda of 45 years; daughter Jennifer; son-in-law Grant Kohler; brother Don Miller; and sister Ramona Swaney-Simmons, as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be a pond party in Jim’s honor at noon on Saturday, Oct. 31. Please bring photos and stories to share.

We will set aside time for personal tributes about 2 p.m. One of his favorites, barbecued tri-tip will be served. If you would like to bring a side dish, salad or dessert, we will make it an old-fashioned potluck. Bring your beverage of choice and a chair to enjoy the afternoon — rain or shine.

Contributions to Hospice or a charity of your choice would be most welcome.

Given Jim’s love for his garden, we also encourage friends and relatives to plant tomatoes this spring, and as they grow, think good thoughts of him. Share the bounty with those you love.

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