LOLO — Heber Merlin Miller, 96, of Lolo passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at St. Patrick Hospital.
Heber was born in Wellsville, Utah, son of Job and Elizabeth Booth Miller. He had three siblings, Vernon B. Miller of Helena, Charles Miller of American Fork, Utah, and Ilene Magnussen of Philipsburg, and Lelia Maria, who died as an infant. He married Violet Baker in 1942.
Heber was a kind, hard-working man. He lived in Drummond for 26 years, then moved to Missoula. He was a carpenter, a mechanic, a master electrician, and he could do any job well no matter what it was. He built a house in Lolo and he and Violet lived there together from 1971 until she passed away in 2006.
Heber worked as a mechanic at Ficklers in Drummond for 10 years. He also worked for Roger Fangrug for over 20 years. He said Roger was never a boss to him, he was a friend. He often helped a friend or a neighbor and never asked for any money in return.
He retired at the age of 76, but did not like retirement and went back to work the next year. He retired a second time at the age of 83, but still did small jobs for people when he was in his 90s. He was never too busy to help a friend.
Heber lived alone in Lolo after his wife, Violet, passed away. He had great friends and neighbors like Wally and Bev Paulsen and Jim and Betty Hocking, who would drop everything to help him. He has many relatives who were always willing to help and two nieces, Frankie Lawlor and Harriet Mentzer, who had the good fortune of living close enough to help and spend time with him.
Heber was preceded in death by his parents, Job and Elizabeth Miller; his sisters, Ilene Magnussen and Lelia Maria; and his wife, Violet Miller. He is survived by his two brothers, Vernon and Charles; several in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.
A huge thank you to the staff on 5-North at St. Patrick Hospital for their kind, wonderful care of Heber in his last few days here on earth.
A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sept. 22 with Dick Ward officiating at the Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula. There will not be a viewing prior to the funeral. There will be a luncheon served at the funeral home after the services followed by a short graveside service at the New Chicago Cemetery near Drummond.
In Iieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Shodair Hospital, the Church of Christ in Stevensville; the Wendy Mentzer Memorial Scholarship Fund at Drummond Schools, or a charity of your choice.