Richard Dennis “Dick” Miller, 81, of Amarillo, Died Friday, March 10, 2017.
Services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Claud Tugwell, Minister officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Richard Dennis (Dick) Miller was born on September 27, 1935 in Hutchison Kansas. He was the older of two children born to Joseph Perry and Lillie Faye (Rice) Miller. Dick lived in Levelland, Texas during the oil boom and there he graduated high school and married his classmate, Glenda E. (Homer) Miller on February 17, 1956. Dick attended Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. Dick and Glenda moved to Amarillo in 1958 where he started his career working as a Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineer for the Helium Operations of the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Mines. Dick retired from the Helium Operations in 1991 as Chief of Section after serving for 33 years. Dick’s residency in Amarillo spanned nearly sixty years.
Dick was treated for prostate cancer for 27 years. Wanting to help educate and support other men with his condition, he helped to found the Amarillo Prostate Cancer Support Group. He enjoyed coaching Kids Incorporated football for many years and was an avid fisherman and golfer. During his retirement, he enjoyed his annual family fishing trip to Canada, numerous cruises to the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific Northwest/Alaska and Europe.
Survivors include three children, Mike D. Miller and Pam of Weatherford, Texas; Tim G. Miller and Kyla of Almaty, Kazakhstan; David P. Miller and Meg of Lubbock, Texas. Eight Miller grandchildren are: Jacob Lee, Benjamin Dean, James Bradley, Briley Kate, Kutter Michael, Taylor Elise, Alex Ann, and Matthew Perry. Nine great grandchildren are: Kinsler Amelia, Holland Evangeline, Ruby Kate, Lucas Henry, Katelyn DeAnn, Lucy Annabelle, Theo A.B., Ezra James and Sage Catherine.