Walter W. Miller was born on July 21, 1918 in Marcus Township, Cherokee County, to Walter J. and Lilly W. (Puhrmann) Miller. These families were of German origin immigrating to the Unites States in the mid-nineteenth century and finally settling in 1880 as farmers in O'Brien County.
Walter attended Marcus rural school and graduated with honors from Marcus High School in 1935. After working the family farmland he relocated to California in 1938 to sturdy engineering at Polytechnic College of Engineering at Oakland, California and the University of California at Berkeley. He also attended St. Mary's University at Moraga, Calif. where he studied aviation and became a licensed airplane pilot. In later years, graduate work included business management at Florida State University.
He and Patricia Toohey, a registered nurse from Cherokee, were married in Oakland, Calif. in 1942. Patricia passed away in 1966. Their children include Anne Garbe and her husband James of Anchorage, Ala., Walter Patrick Miller who drowned in 1975, his surviving widow Barbara of Eureka, Calif., a daughter Sarah Whitaker and her husband Ray of Gibsonville, N.C., son Samuel Miller and his wife Martha of Roseville, Calif., Jeanne Miller of Coos Bay, Ore., Thomas Miller and his wife Cindy of Auburn, Calif.
Walter later married Lois Roetting, a medical group office manager of Cocoa Beach, Fla. were married at Cape Canaveral, Fla. in 1981. Lois passed away in 1990. With this marriage comes two goodwill sons, Michael Ames (deceased) and his wife Bernadette of Thousand Oaks, Calif. and David Ames of New Birney, Texas.
He and Anne Douglas, a retired Kentucky Civil Service Clerk, were united in marriage at Cherokee, in 1997. Anne passed away in 2001. With this marriage there is a goodwill son and daughter, Jeffery Douglas and his wife Robin of Maysville, Ky. and Karen Forster and her husband Gerald of Maysville, Ky. There are 19 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; several goodwill grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His engineering activity until retiring in 1979 included: as officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers, training troops stateside and participating in the invasion of Okinawa, making Kaduna Air Field operational and rehabilitating Kimpo Airdrome in South Korea.
Upon returning to inactive status, he became a civilian employee at the US Government for the rest of his career. Walter designed irrigation facilities for the Bureau of Reclamation, Central Valley California Project. He was contract manager for stateside engineering and logistics back-up for Cost-Plus-Finish-Fee Construction at Naval Facilities in the Pacific, Guam and the Subic Bay in the Philippines.
He was a structures and utilities engineer for the U.S. Air Force in the western United States including airfields and stations and top secret classified projects. For the final 17 years of his career he was engineering manager for construction of facilities for National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Walter was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, having been Baptized in 1918 at Zion Lutheran Church in Paullina. He was Confirmed 1936 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Marcus. In later years, he attended Faith Lutheran Church in North Palm Beach, Fla. and Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. Other associations included American Society of Civil Engineers, Marcus Community Golf Club and was a registered professional civil engineer in California.
Since retirement, Walter maintained two residences in Florida and Marcus. He traveled a great deal with his professional duties and continued this through retirement. During retirement he golfed, worked on home projects, improved his farmland, liked flower gardening, and enjoyed the camaraderie in his hometown of Marcus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Walter Patrick; and a brother Darrell.