Monte “Wayne“ Miller, 87, lifelong local resident, veteran, civics leader, philanthropist and artist passed away Monday June 17, 2019 at his home in Duncan, Oklahoma. Wayne was born September 17, 1931 in Duncan and attended Duncan public schools. graduating from Duncan High School in 1950.
He proudly volunteered for the United States Navy that same year and served in the United States Naval Construction Battalions, better known as the “Seabees”. Wayne served in the Korean War in both Guam and the Philippines. Upon returning to the United States, Wayne attended Oklahoma State University, graduating with a degree in Construction Engineering. Wayne returned to his beloved Duncan, Oklahoma where he established Wayne Miller Construction designing and building beautiful, one of a kind custom homes as well as commercial and industrial buildings throughout Oklahoma. Wayne served his community as a member of the Duncan Rotary Club and the Duncan Elks Club as well as serving as President of the Duncan Jaycee’s. He also served as an active member for the First Presbyterian Church of Duncan.
Wayne was not only known for his accomplishments in the building and construction of residential and commercial sites but also as a “builder” and mentor of young men. One of Wayne’s proudest legacies was his dedication to the Boy Scouts of America, establishing a charter through his church that grew into one of the state’s largest organizations with national recognition. Wayne was recognized for his service and achievements numerous times including achieving the highest Scout Master level of Vigil representing the Black Beaver Council at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree.
One of Wayne’s most beloved passions was his woodcarving. He was a master woodcarver for over 40 years. Along with his fellow carvers, Granville Ward and Joe Norton, he founded the Chisholm Trail Woodcarvers Club in 1996. Wayne’s artwork was renown throughout the state, and he was commissioned to do specialty pieces including the bust of Quanah Parker, famed Comanche Chief and Warrior.
Wayne is celebrated in life by immediate family members including his wife, Beverly Shaner Miller of the home; brother, Phil Marker of Yukon, OK; his son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Angie Miller; grandchildren, James and Sophie Miller all of Edmond, OK; grandson, Hunter Wade of Oklahoma City, OK; granddaughter and husband Laura and Ryan Stubbs and great grandson, William, all of Duncan; granddaughter and husband, Mary and Jensen Isham and great- grandchildren, Wade Jensen, Beau Miller and Emma Ruth all of Tacoma, WA.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Glen Dennis and Ruth Belle (McLaughlin) Miller; his first wife of 53 years, Rebecca (Littleton) Miller and his daughter Debra (Miller) Wade. Special thanks to Chisholm Trail Hospice, Tabitha Leveritt, Cindy and Max Killian. Tammy and Rodney Tinney, Don Grantham Funeral Home and to First Baptist Church in Marlow.
A Memorial Service to honor his life will be held at 1:30pm Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Marlow, 213 N Broadway, Marlow, OK 73055 with Pastor Ron Maxfield officiating. There will be a reception in the Life Center immediately following the service. Everyone is welcomed in fellowship.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Marlow Building Offering; P.O. Box 111; Marlow, OK 73055. Cremation arrangements provided under the care of Don Grantham Funeral Home. Condolences maybe sent to the family at: www.granthamfuneralhomes.com