William (Bill) Edward Miller 75
Bill passed away peacefully at his Ashley Lake home from cancer. December 31, 2018. His wife by his side along with sister in law Karen Holmquist., daughter Betty Jean Miller and best friend and “Boss” Ron Schleqel.
Bill was born June 7, 1943 in Salmon, Idaho to Bill and Francis Miller. Later was adopted by his Dad’s brother and wife Dan and Ann Miller.
Bill married Bonnie Clements at the age of 19. By this marriage he had 1 daughter Betty Jean and 2 sons Jon and Jason Miller. Later he got a divorce. In 2000 he met the love of his life Margaret Thompson. In 2001 they were married. Margaret had 3 sons Jerry Thompson, Kalispell, Tommy Thompson and wife Debbie, Seattle, Chris Thompson, Kalispell.
Bill and Margaret sold their homes and bought a double wide and moved to Ashley Lake 2003, where Margaret already had property. There Bill fell in love with Ashley Lake and mountains. He liked hiking, walking with his wife, riding 4-wheelers, sno cating with his 2 sons and friends. He also enjoyed camping with special friends Ken and Rosalie and others. Sitting around campfires listing to guitars and singing. Spending time with grandkids. Bill had the best of neighbors at the lake. He enjoyed helping them when they needed it, snow plowing, moving dirt and rock with the bobcat and putting in the dock and taking the dock out. Bill was a person who would do anything for anyone. He hated to ask for help.
Bill had a passion for working on old cars and pickups. He put a Cummins in a 1969 Ford truck he recently had a good friend put dull stacks on it for him. The bug deflector says “Hear It Cummins” his son Jason did for him. His latest project was building 2 Rat Rods 1936 pickup and 1935 car. Due to his illness he didn’t get to finish them. His son Jason and grandson Jon will finish them.
Bill had various jobs working on the oil fields in Bakersfield, California working as a welder with his brother. His favorite was logging being in the woods. His resent job logging was for Steve Coffer for 15 years. The hills got steeper for him and the skidder. So he quit and went to work driving dump truck for Badger Excavating Ron Schleqel. He worked there for 11 years. He loved it all. He had the best crew at Badger he loved each and every one as if it was his family.
Bill is survived by his children Betty Jean Miller of Whitefish, son Jason Miller of Whitefish. Seven Grand Kids, Tonya Miller, Kalispell. Carrie Miller, Whitefish, Mark and wife Erica, Kansas City Mo., Jaymz Miller, Billings Mt., William Miller, Salt Lake City Utah. Jon Miller, Whitefish and Wyatt Miller, Whitefish. One great granddaughter Skyler Miller of Kansas City, Mo. Sister in laws, Mary Miller and Family, Karen Holmquist and family.
Step son Jerry Thompson and wife Misty. Daughter in law Debbie Thompson, Seattle Washington. Step grandkids, Shawna and husband Billy, Janis Everett, Washington. Brandie and Pete Carlson, Seattle Washington. Sage Thompson, Kalispell, Stephanie Symes, Kalispell.
Survived by his sister Audrea Zickerfoose, Chalis Idaho, sister Helen Perez, Blackfoot Idaho, brother Mike, Salmon Idaho, Curtis Miller and family, Hot Springs, Jack Miller, Bakersfield California, and many Nephews and Nieces. Proceeded in death, Father William and Mother Francis. Adopted Mom and Dad Dan and Ann Miller. Brothers- Pete, Dan and Larry, Sister Clione Dougherty, son Jon Miller and granddaughter Devonne Miller, Tommy Thompson and Chris Thompson.
A memorial celebration of life will be held at the Salvation Army, 110 Bountiful Drive, Kalispell at 1:00 Saturday January 12, 2019 with potluck to follow.
Johnson Gloschat Funeral Home is caring for the family.