George Ronald Miller
George Miller was born September 13, 1937 to Beulah
and Walter Miller in Longview, Washington. He attended a oneroom school house in Lexington about a mile from their home. He later attended middle and high schools in Kelso, Washington and graduated in 1955. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in
Atmospheric Sciences in 1960. It was at the University of Washington that he met Janice George. They were married in 1962.
George began his career with the Weather Bureau
(currently National Weather Service) in Portland,
Oregon in 1960. His career took him to Medford,
Oregon, Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah. He
returned to Portland in 1982 as Meteorologist in Charge/
Area Manager, the position from which he retired in
From a co-workers invitation in 1962, he joined
Toastmasters. He spent over 50 years with that
organization in various roles from club president to
Governor, District 15 for mainly Utah and Idaho.
During that time he participated in and won several
While in Medford he joined the Junior Chamber of
Commerce (Jaycees) and spent many years with that
organization and was rewarded with a JCI Senatorship
while with the Cherry Creek Jaycees in Colorado. He
was a member of the American Meteorological Society,
both nationally and locally where he served as local club
As a meteorologist he was given the opportunity
to write many articles on the weather. Some of these
were presented at conferences as far away as Halifax,
Nova Scotia. The thrill of writing continued after his
retirement. He authored two books on Pacific Northwest
weather; Pacific Northwest Weather: But My Barometer
Says Fair and Lewis and Clark's Northwest Journey,
Weather Disagreeable. He also authored or co-authored
four Arcadia Publishing books in their Images of
America series: Gresham, Oregon; Kelso, Washington;
Portland Rose Festival and Grant County, Oregon.
Having been brought up on a farm north of Kelso, the
love of gardening seemed to enter his blood. He enjoyed
this hobby and achieved the title of Master Gardener
while in Portland. He and his wife, Janice, canned or froze
many of their own vegetables. He assumed control of the
40+ roses at Trinity Lutheran Church for many years.
Following in his father's and older brother's tradition he
was a beekeeper for many years.
George is survived by Janice his wife of 57 years,
and three older sisters: Beulah, Ramona and Anne. He
has two sons, both living in the Portland area; Chris
and Tim, one granddaughter Kaeli and one grandson
Carson. He asks that any remembrances be made to
Trinity Lutheran Church, the The Nature Conservancy
or the Environmental Defense Fund.