Norman Miller, 57, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family in the home he raised them in for 37 years.
Norman spent his childhood growing up in remote areas of SE Alaska such as Hidden Inlet, Saltery Cove, and Meyers Chuck. His parents homeschooled him in the bush along with his sister and four brothers. This lifestyle afforded him the opportunity to enjoy fishing, trapping, and other outdoor activities he would eventually share with his family. From there, Norman pursued commercial fishing, a career that would put his adventurous nature to the test. Beginning as a deckhand, Norman worked his way into the industry on vessels that fished from SE Alaska to the Bering Sea. By the age of 21, Norman managed to buy his first vessel, the FV Hornet. Along with his brothers as his crew, they chased any opportunities available all over the State. When the next generation became of age to join the crew, he purchased the FV Cape Falcon so that he and his brothers could pass on their fishing knowledge to their children. When he wasn’t on the water, Norman could be found maintaining the apartment building he owned and managed for 30 years with his wife. It was a labor of love, but one that he appreciated as there were many tenants he enjoyed getting to know over the years.
In his leisure time, Norman enjoyed taking his family on fun excursions in the off season. That could be camping throughout SE on one of the fishing boats, teaching his kids to ski, or chasing some sunshine after a blustery winter in Ketchikan. Wherever the adventure, Norman taught his family the importance of getting “off the rock” and enjoying life with those you love.
His family writes that he was one hell of hard worker. No matter what he was doing, they would watch in awe. Eventually, Norman would catch on that they were doing more watching then helping and would promptly put them back to work. But more than that, they say he was a strong, brave, and courageous American who simply loved his family and the life they shared with him. For those of us who knew him best, he was a great leader who brought out the best in everyone around him. Although we will miss him dearly, our fond memories will remind us of his love, and he will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Joanne Miller; his brothers, Larry, David, Dick, and Ray Miller; and his nephew, Blake Miller.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila O’Donoghue Miller; Aunt Alice Boucher; Sister Marion (Rory) Bifoss; Sisters-in-law Linda and Liz Miller; Son, Russell (Maria) Miller; Daughters, Renee and Samantha Miller; Grandchildren Isaiah, Grace, and Hudson Miller, Scarlett Brown; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.