Larry Joe Miller

Jun 3, 1932 - Jun 21, 2007
Graveside services for rural Riverton resident Larry Joe Miller will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton. Fraternal rites will be performed by Riverton Lodge No. 26, A.F. & A.M., with military rites by the Wyoming Army National Guard. According to his wishes cremation, has taken place. Mr. Miller died Thursday morning, June 21, 2007 at his home. He was 75 years old. Larry Joe Miller was born in Shawnee, Ola., on June 3, 1932 to Charles A. and Mary (Case) Miller. He lived and traveled with his parents to many states and South America where he attended elementary school. They then moved to Oakland, Calif., Powell, and Casper, where he was graduated from Natrona County High School. He attended two years of college at the University of Wyoming. He married his first wife, Joan G. Pretty, in Freehole, N.J. She preceded him in death on March 17, 2000. Mr. Miller enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Following his discharge from the military, he and his wife Joan and son Charlie returned to Wyoming, where he worked in the oil fields, traveling to many places, including Alaska. The family moved to Tripoli, Libya, where he worked in the Sahara Desert. Returning to Wyoming, they settled in Gillette where his children attended school. Mr. Miller was employed by Halliburton for 25 years, then he was a consultant, residing in Oklahoma and Wyoming until retirement. Following the death of his first wife Joan, he married Patricia (Bouvang) Loghry in Riverton on Oct. 26, 2000. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mr. Miller was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Eagles, American Legion and the V.F.W., where he was twice the commander. His family said Mr. Miller loved to hunt and fish and spend time with his family, especially in the Big Horn Mountains and Keyhole Reservoir, Louie Lake and Horse Creek in Fremont County. He particularly liked gatherings with family and friends. Following retirement, he spent the winter months in Bouse, Ariz., where he and his wife Pat owned a home. The family also said that Mr. Miller's special talent was scratch art, and he gave his pictures as gifts to his grandchildren, family members and friends. He also loved his three poodles Laycee, Susie and Tuffy. Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Patricia of Riverton; one daughter, Karen Burke of Ranchester; three sons, Charles Larry Miller of Everett, Wash., Ron C. Miller and his wife Carol of Gillette, and Kenneth Miller of Shawnee, Okla.; two step-sons, Kelly Nelson of Pavillion and Robert Nelson and his wife Theresa of Riverton; nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren and 17 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Joan; his parents; a brother, Smokey Miller, and a step-daughter, RueLeen Kierig. On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.