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Richard Dennis "Dick" Miller – March 10, 2017

Richard Dennis “Dick” Miller, 81, of Amarillo, Died Friday, March 10, 2017.
Services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Claud Tugwell, Minister officiating. Burial will Miller Obit Picfollow at Memory Gardens.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Richard Dennis (Dick) Miller was born on September 27, 1935 in Hutchison Kansas.  He was the older of two children born to Joseph Perry and Lillie Faye (Rice) Miller.  Dick lived in Levelland, Texas during the oil boom and there he graduated high school and married his classmate, Glenda E. (Homer) Miller on February 17, 1956.  Dick attended Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.  Dick and Glenda moved to Amarillo in 1958 where he started his career working as a Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineer for the Helium Operations of the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Mines.  Dick retired from the Helium Operations in 1991 as Chief of Section after serving for 33 years.  Dick’s residency in Amarillo spanned nearly sixty years.
Dick was treated for prostate cancer for 27 years.  Wanting to help educate and support other men with his condition, he helped to found the Amarillo Prostate Cancer Support Group.  He enjoyed coaching Kids Incorporated football for many years and was an avid fisherman and golfer.  During his retirement, he enjoyed his annual family fishing trip to Canada, numerous cruises to the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific Northwest/Alaska and Europe.
Survivors include three children, Mike D. Miller and Pam of Weatherford, Texas; Tim G. Miller and Kyla of Almaty, Kazakhstan; David P. Miller and Meg of Lubbock, Texas.  Eight Miller grandchildren are:  Jacob Lee, Benjamin Dean, James Bradley, Briley Kate, Kutter Michael, Taylor Elise, Alex Ann, and Matthew Perry.  Nine great grandchildren are:  Kinsler Amelia, Holland Evangeline, Ruby Kate, Lucas Henry, Katelyn DeAnn, Lucy Annabelle, Theo A.B., Ezra James and Sage Catherine.


  • Danny Logan Posted March 11, 2017 6:13 pm

    So sorry to hear about Dick. He was such an awesome man who touched so many lives through church and his leadership of a prostate cancer support group. He has such a love for kids as seen in his children’s stories he wrote and placed in the church library. Praying for all of you.

  • Charlie and Julie O’Rear Posted March 11, 2017 11:04 pm

    Dear Mike, Tim, Dave and family,
    I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your dad. When I was growing up through High School, I always considered that I had three sets of parents; mine, John Dennis’s parents, and your parents. It probably took that many to give me the direction I needed. I’m thankful that I was able to know your dad and am praying for peace for you all during this difficult time.
    Deepest sympathies,
    Charlie O’Rear

  • Danny Cure Posted March 12, 2017 1:53 am

    I have been honoured and pleased to be a part of his and his family’s fishing career in Pine Island, Manitoba Canada for the better part of 15 years. My brothers and I would be honoured to be a part of any fishing experience that the family might wish to take part of in the future. As Captain Dan, I would like to say I enjoyed every minute of it and I would like to say, as Forrest Gump would say, keep on running Dick. I will remember all the books and the stories you told me about when we we were in the boat together. They will always be in my memories. Love, Captain Dan, Box 1496, Lac du Bonnet, MB Canada R0E 1A0

  • Judy Nickels Del Pozo Posted March 12, 2017 2:33 pm

    I will always remember Gary as a gentle giant. He had the greatest smile and was such a true gentleman. To Dorcas, Jan, and Elaine and all of your family, you have my sincerest sympathy on this tremendous loss. May God Bless you each and hold you tight in his arms to give you peace as I am certain Gary is now held in His arms.

  • Ken & SaNga Sniffen Posted March 12, 2017 3:22 pm

    Sorry to learn of the passing of your Dad. Now we know where you acquired your instinctive knowledge of the oil field — around the supper table.
    We were near Hobbes a couple of weeks ago, and thought of you and your family.
    We’re confident your faith we sustain you during this difficult period.
    May the Lord continue to watch over you all.
    Ken & SaNga Sniffen
    (Now retired in Centennial, CO)

  • Eddy Parker Posted March 12, 2017 4:48 pm

    My prayers go out to the family. Dick was one of a kind a very special man. God bless and rest in peace in your new home Dick.

  • Rusty Hanna Posted March 12, 2017 5:53 pm

    Dad and I really enjoyed our time with Dick on the golf course! Even though they could only play 9 holes in their final years it was still a pleasure! They were the last two from the helium league to still be playing! Dick was a fine gentleman and he will be missed!!

  • DeWayne Trimble Posted March 12, 2017 7:04 pm

    Dick was a good friend of mine while working for Helium Operations. He was a true professional in every aspect. I enjoyed working with Dick because he was a good human being and treated everyone with respect.

  • Dick and Valeta Bailey Posted March 13, 2017 9:08 am

    Rest in peace, LHS classmate and friend.

  • larry cook Posted March 14, 2017 8:09 am

    I knew Dick in high school and college. After graduation, when we were beginning our jobs, We visited with Dick and Glenda almost every weekend. They were our best friends. We watched as the boys were born and watched them grow.
    Our condolences to the family.

  • Chet Rice Posted May 1, 2017 9:31 pm

    Just heard about Dick’s passing today, May 1, 2017! Am in total shock. Dickie was my favorite male cousin and will be greatly missed. May God hold each of his Family in the protective and loving hollow of His Hands.

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