Ernest Eugene Miller
August 8, 1942 – April 17, 2013
E. Eugene "Gene" Miller, M.D., age 70, died April 17, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado after a long and inspiring eleven year battle with cancer.
Gene was born on August 8, 1942 in Manistee, Michigan to parents Dr. Ernest Blair and Margaret Miller. He grew up in Manistee, Michigan and graduated valedictorian from Manistee High School in 1960. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Albion College in Albion, Michigan and graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago on June 17, 1967. Gene met his wife Sally during his senior year of medical school and married her seven months later on June 18, 1967 in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Following an internship in Dayton, Ohio, Gene spent two years as a Senior Medical Officer with the United State Public Health Service living and working with the Navajos in Chinle and Fort Defiance, Arizona. In September 1969, their daughter Jennifer was born there. In 1973, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. Their son Doug was born in 1972.
In 1973 he began his 40 year medical career in Colorado Springs including solo practice as well as Medical Director at Parkmoor and hospitalist at Penrose Hospital. In 1977, their son Greg was born. In recent years, he practiced at the Senior Clinic at Memorial Hospital and the Outpatient Cardio Rehab. Additionally, Gene's accomplishments include Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, Fellow in the American College of Physicians, a founding physician and president of the Penrose/St. Francis Medical Group, Chief of Staff at Penrose Community Hospital, Chief of Medicine at Memorial Hospital and Chief of Medicine at Penrose Hospital. Gene had a tremendous passion for practicing medicine and did not fully retire until March 6th, 2013.
He had a determination to live life to the fullest. He loved travel and arranging adventure trips all over the world for himself, Sally and friends. He was happiest when he was skiing, especially on the glaciers of Canada. He shared his love for skiing and the outdoors with his children, their friends and most recently his grandchildren. He inspired a love for the outdoors in all that knew him and this passion will continue to live on in the lives of those he touched.
His and Sally's love for medicine, travel and caring for others merged through his mission work with the Methodist church on trips to Guatemala and Russia. He was loved by his family, his friends, his patients, his peers, and the community. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Sally; his daughter Jennifer (Miller) Hagburg and her husband Erik of Breckenridge, CO; his son Dr. Douglas Miller and wife Dr. Kelly Miller of Durango, CO; his son Greg Miller and wife Brianna of Colorado Springs, CO; his grandchildren Hailey and Harper Hagburg; Corbin, Hannah, Emmy, and recently adopted from the Congo, Mason Jean Miller, Devari Miller; his siblings Dr.
- Memorial Service Saturday, April 27, 2013
Ernest Eugene Miller
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April 25, 2013
Dr. Miller was my physician for many years until his retirement from private practice. He was always caring and so helpful. He trusted me with some deviations in my medictions when needed. I was really disappointed when he retired - I don't believe my care today is as good as he always provided. Sally, you came to my home with therapy when I had a hip replacement in 1999. You told me you discussed me with Dr. Miller over dinner! I am grateful to you both and so sorry you had to lose him at such an early age. I turned 82 this week, partly as a result of his good care. God Bless You and your family. Jean Ritter
April 23, 2013
Dear Sally, I was so sorry to learn of Gene's passing. Though we have had little contact in recent years, I remember you both with great fondness, especially those memorial years at Central Colorado Medical Center, which culminated in Gene, Al Rapp and Al Stock all leaving simultaneously to pursue their individual dreams. Gene's accomplishments are inspiring; he will be greatly missed by many. My heart goes out to you and all the family at this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Marjorie Rapp
Linda & Gary Bell
April 21, 2013
Sally, Doug, Jen, and Greg,
We are so sorry for your loss. Gene was such a gift to everyone who knew him. What beautiful memories all of your family has of time spent with him. Wishing you the peace of our Savior during this time,
April 20, 2013
Sally & family so sorry to hear of Dr. Miller's passing. We will always value his medical expertise, bedside manner, and friendship. We will be praying for you during this difficult time.
Charlie Bazaldua & family