10254 W. Carlton Bay | Garden City, ID 83714

Kenneth (Ken) Edward Miller October 10, 1954 - May 20, 2021

Kenneth Edward Miller, 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Star, Idaho, on Thursday, May 20, 2021, with his wife and daughters by his side.

Ken was born October 10, 1954, in Anaconda, MT, the fourth of five children to Bonnie Jean (Burns) and John Thomas Miller. He graduated from Anaconda High School and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana.

In 1995, Ken retired as a Major after serving 30 years with the Navy, Army, and National Guard. He also had a career in land management that began as a soil scientist in Ely, NV. Ken held several positions within the Bureau of Land Management, retiring in 2012 as the District Manager in Elko, NV.

Ken was passionate and optimistic. His love for the Lord Jesus Christ, his family, his friends, and his country was evident. He cherished praying for so many in his life. He had a zeal for life and an interest in people and their stories. He took delight in a clever pun. And he was devoted to continual learning.

To spend 10 minutes in his library would tell you everything you needed to know about Ken, revealing his many interests, including reading, the outdoors, history and historical figures, running, photography, travel, books, his hometown, hunting, fishing, boating, camping, and books.

Ken met the love of his life in high school. And they were married in the winter of 1976. Their life took them through five states, the highlight of which was Nevada, where they welcomed two daughters. Their homes were graced over the years by several cats, dogs, bunnies, chickens, and other animals.

Ken immmmensely loved his family and took great joy in spending time with each and all of them. He is survived by his wife, Marlene, and their daughters, Jesse (Eric) Bender and Shannon (Paul) Fullerton.

Ken will be lovingly remembered by his four grandchildren, Eustacious, Ramsey, Jack, and Nora; his sisters, Barb (Bernie) Morris of Oakley, CA, Jackie (Jerry) Haberman of Star, ID, and Marcy Harrison of Coeur d’Alene, ID; his nieces and their families; and his mother-in-law, Ella Froehlich of Star, ID. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tom.

He was our favorite and will be greatly missed.

Ken will be inurned with full military services at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boise, ID, on July 1, 2021, at 11 AM. Family and friends are welcome. Cremation occurred under the care of Bowman Funeral Home.

Ken will be inurned with full military services at the Idaho State Veteran's Cemetery in Boise, ID, on July 1, 2021, at 11 AM. Family and friends are welcome.


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    Mary Jo Rugwell says

    I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I really enjoyed working with him while I was the Southern Nevada District Manager. He was a good man and will be missed.

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    Steve & Jo Ann Dondero says

    Marlene & family: our most heartfelt condolences during these difficult times. Ken made such a profound difference in my life in so many positive ways when we worked together in Elko. I enjoyed our continued friendship after our retirements and will surely miss being able to just call and chat. But now I can count him among my many guardian angels in Heaven to help me through difficult times when I call out to him. God bless you all.

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    Randall Jayo says

    Ken was a good man with a heart of gold. He treated me well both in Burley and Elko for a short time. He will always have my utmost respect as a human and a supervisor.

    Randall Jayo

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    McKenzie Heileman says

    Ken, I met you at Boise State while you were earning your English degree. I had wonderful conversations with you—you were a sweet, kind, thoughtful, and intelligent man. I will miss you dearly and I’ll always remember you and the impact you had on me. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love, McKenzie.

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    Lesli Ellis-Wouters says

    Ken hired me into BLM and was a great man and mentor. I try to lead by his example and hope he knows how much he meant to me. I will miss him. My heart goes out to Marlene and your family.

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