Albert C. Miller passed away on May 25, 2013, of heart failure at the age of 78. He was an expert carpenter, learning the trade from his father. Al constructed homes around Billings and then built many rental properties which he managed. He was happily married for 53 years to his beloved wife, Mary Lou. His favorite place to fish was Hyalite Reservoir south of Bozeman, where he went every July 4th holiday for more than 55 years. He also enjoyed traveling and spending time each morning trading tall stories with his coffee group.
He was born in a little town in northern Montana that is now located under Fort Peck Reservoir. His father followed construction projects in Oregon for four years during WWII. Al built his own wood wagon and collected newspapers for the war effort. He was the protector and best friend of his little sister, Bonnie, as they moved four times a year to new schools.
When Al was 14, his younger brother, Melton, was born, who he treated and loved like a son. Al and his best friend, Dick Strong, would take Melton along when they went hunting and let him shoot a BB gun at the deer after they had brought it down.
At age 17, he enlisted in the Seabee reserves and served summer deployments to Alaska and the Bahamas until he was drafted and served two years after the Korean War. At age 26 he married the love of his life on March 12, 1960.
Al is survived by his wife, MaryLou; his sister, Bonnie Jean Kirwin; brother Melton Miller (Karen); his children, LeeAnn Miller (Brian), Cliff Miller (Kate), Darwin Miller (Maggie); grandchildren Tyler, Trevor and Tanner and great-granddaughter, Emma.
In lieu of flowers, you may remember Al with a donation to Al's favorite charity, The Salvation Army. The service will be held Wednesday, May 29, at Dahl's Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m.