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Dexter F. Miller
Dexter F. Miller, 93, of Shoreline, Wash., passed away there on Oct. 22.
Born Sept. 3, 1920 in Marinette, he grew up on a farm and loved to fish, camp and used every excuse to take youth groups to camp. He enjoyed canoeing in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and helped build the parks and road structures as part of the CCCs in the 1930's. He enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1941 and was a veteran of World War II. While serving in the Pacific, a Navy chaplain introduced Dexter to his Christian faith, which defined the rest of his life. He received a bachelor's degree from Greenville, Ill. College, a master's of divinity from Drew University in New Jersey and was called to the ministry and served for 45 years as a United Methodist minister with pastorates in Gouldsboro, Pa., Spencer, N.Y., and Minnesota (Coon Rapids, Wyo., at Chisholm, Sherburn/Welcome). After a two-week retirement, he was recruited and served for the next 12 years as a visitation pastor in Fairmont, Minn.
His life was devoted to serving others. After moving to Edmonds, he and his wife, Ruth faithfully helped every Monday morning at the Edmonds Food Bank. He enjoyed his affiliation with Edmonds Kiwanis and Edmonds VFW Post 8870. His favorite hymn, "Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine", echoes the themes of his life and his commitment to God, his family, and his ministry to others. He was loved and respected by his family and missed by all those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth A. Miller; four sons, Dexter Bruce (Daryl), Richard (Lorraine), Paul, and Scott (Laurie); two daughters, Linda Floodeen (Gordon) and Marla Miller (Al); two sisters, Helen Evenson and Mary Edson; a brother, Jim Miller; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, exchange daughter, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Gwen; his parents and several siblings.
A private family service is planned, followed by interment at Tahoma National Cemetery, Maple Valley, WA. Remembrances are suggested to Edmonds Food Bank, the medical mobile clinic of Edmonds United Methodist Church, or World Vision.