Obituary: Wallis Miller |

Obituary: Wallis Miller

Services for Wallis Eugene “Wally” Miller of Grass Valley will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Nevada City United Methodist Church.

Mr. Miller died Friday, March 8, at home. He was 73.

He was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Monticello, Minn., to John and Blanche Miller. He graduated from high school in Monticello in 1946. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948. He graduated from Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis in 1951. He married Dee Stevens on June 16, 1951, in Lacrosse, Wis.

They lived in St. Cloud, Minn., before moving to Pomona, where he worked for the city of Pomona and Andreason Engineering as the party chief of a survey crew. They moved to Nevada City in 1966, and he worked for Nevada County as an engineering assistant until retiring in 1984.

He enjoyed traveling in the couple’s motor home, woodworking, and volunteering at church and in his neighborhood. He was active in the Nevada City Lions Club, Nevada Union High School Boosters Club, 49er Volunteer Fire Department and the Nevada City United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dee Miller of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Cheryl Miller of Grass Valley; son Kevin Miller of the Philippines; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Paul Ritter of Bonanza, Ore.; grandchildren Woody, Samuel, Jaclyn, Effie, Lindsey and Kolby Miller, and Paxton, Jennifer, Stefani, Andrea and Kaylene Ritter; brothers and sisters-in-law John W. “Jay” and Vivian Miller and James and Lois Miller, all of Minnesota; sisters Marvel Trunnel and Phyllis Johnson of Minnesota; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Douglas Pitt of Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Blanche Miller.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nevada City United Methodist Church.

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