John Miller

John Compton Miller

Sunday, March 14th, 1954 - Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
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John Compton Miller, of Marysville, WA passed away at the Puget Sound VA Hospital in Seattle, WA on October 14, 2020 at the age of 66. He was born on March 14, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
John attended the Boy’s Trade and Technical High School in Milwaukee (now Bradley Technology and Trade School) where he graduated Cum Laude in 1972.
John entered the Coast Guard Academy, graduating in 1976 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was the founder and first coach of the Academy Rugby Club/Team. John attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, receiving a Master Degree in Civil Engineering in 1983.
Following graduation and commissioning, he was assigned as an engineering officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon in Honolulu, Hawaii and Public Works Officer for Base Honolulu. Other follow-on assignments included Facilities Design & Construction Center West in Seattle, WA; Shore Division, Maintenance & Logistics Command Pacific in Alameda, CA followed by a tour as Executive Officer at Civil Engineering Unit Oakland, CA. In August 2002 he was assigned as the Facilities Engineer at Integrated Support Command Kodiak. He went on to additional Kodiak assignments as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer and retired with the rank of Captain in 2000. His active duty Coast Guard awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Commendation Medals, three Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He also received the Society of American Military Engineers Oren Medal as Coast Guard Engineer of the Year. John returned to the Coast Guard in a civilian capacity as a Civil Engineer for Facilities Design & Construction Center Seattle, and finally in 2009 for Civil Engineering Unit Juneau, where he served with distinction until his retirement in March 2020.
Throughout his 27 years of service to Coast Guard Team Kodiak, his outstanding work ethic, visionary leadership, laser focus, and dogged determination were instrumental in building new facilities and transitioning existing ones from World War II construction era into state of the art, modern facilities for the benefit of all Coast Guard personnel that live and work at Kodiak. Equally important, he provided outstanding mentorship and education to two generations of Coast Guard engineers and junior personnel. He was always driven to do good things for others and, in his unpretentious and magnanimous style, made their lives better.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ted and Jean Miller of Arlington, WA. He is survived by his wife Strauda Miller of Marysville, WA, two sisters Dr. Susan DeFrancesco of Belton, TX and Nancy Emons of Jefferson, WI and one daughter Patricia Valerio of Kodiak, AK.
John will be laid to rest at a private ceremony at the West Virginia National Cemetery, Grafton, WV. A memorial service will be scheduled in Seattle once COVID-19 considerations are no longer required. Please contact Brian Goettler at or 1-907-209-6494 for updated information.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Captain John Miller Scholarship Fund which will benefit students at Bradley Technology and Trade School in Milwaukee that wish to pursue an engineering degree following graduation. Contributions may be made to “Captain John Miller S.F.” and forwarded to Strauda Miller, P.O. Box 882, Marysville, WA 98270.
The Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton is honored to serve the Miller family.
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    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
    WV National Cemetery
    42 Veterans Memorial Lane
    GRAFTON, WV 26354
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    A private graveside service will be held .
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    WV National Cemetery
    42 Veterans Memorial Lane
    GRAFTON, WV 26354
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 04:12pm
An esteemed classmate, a fellow rugger (yes the first team at USCGA) and a cherished friend...and a fellow civil engineer! Blessed with his stellar guidance, I played rugby for 30 years, graduated (with honors) BSCE and married my soul mate who I met at Conn College. Ralph Waldo Emerson's last line of "The Rhodora" resonates:
"The self same Power that brought me there brought you."
Godspeed JC and my deep condolences Stauda.
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