OBITUARY

Orlan Clarence Miller

January 18, 1933February 17, 2021
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Orlan Clarence Miller, 88, of Denver, CO, passed away February 17, 2021 following declining health with Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Stone Creek, OH on January 18, 1933, he was the son of the late Edward Leroy and Zada Grace (Everhart) Miller.

After graduating from New Philadelphia High School Orlan continued his formal education at Kent State University. He then served in the U.S. Army as a private 1st class, receiving the Occupation Medal/Germany, the National Defense Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal.

His professional career began at the former Warner & Swasey, then he taught at Buckeye Career Center with New Philadelphia High School. He continued his career in Colorado where he worked for 20 years at Bollman Technical Education Center as a welding instructor. He was also involved with the Vocational Industrial Club of America. Orlan took a personal interest in the hundreds of students he taught, and developed life-long friendships that continued into the students’ adulthoods.

Orlan loved 4-wheeling in the mountains and camping. He enjoyed photography and taking videos and worked as a “Stringer” for “The Times Reporter.” He also enjoyed building custom cars and received many trophies and awards for Model A, Model T, and Corvettes. He was past president and active in the “Quarter Milers” and was the proud owner of 55 cars throughout his lifetime. Some of his cars were featured in “Hot Rod” magazines. Additionally, he was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos and especially John Elway.

Orlan is survived by his wife, Linda Miller; his children: Rick Miller of New Philadelphia, Kristin (Dean) McClune of Denver, CO and Matthew (Kim Smith) Miller of Canal Fulton; Linda’s three children: Richard (Susan) Kieckhaefer, Patricia (Brian) Berg, and Susan (Shane) Pickett all of Denver, CO; his siblings: Lucille Egler Johnson, Marlene (Carl) Byrd, and Richard (Sharelle) Miller; and brother-in-law, Lowel Blacka; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren complete Orlan’s family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois “Kay” Miller; his sister, Marilyn Blacka; and brother-in-law, Bob Egler.

Visitation will be held on February 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery, 10201 Grant St, Thornton, CO. Funeral Service will be held on February 27, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Olinger Highland Mortuary, 10201 Grant Street, Thornton, CO 80229.

To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit the funeral home website at www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/thornton-co/orlan-miller-10064503.

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    Saturday, February 27, 2021

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    Saturday, February 27, 2021

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James Corbin

March 6, 2021

I first met Orlan when I started His night welding classes in the spring of 1986 and continued to take His night classes through 1996. I was asked by Orlan to join the Bollman Advisory Board in 1988 and still serve on that board today 33 years later now being called Future Forward at Washington Square in 2020.
Everyone needs a Mentor and one of mine was Orlan. He me a better welder while taking His classes. He got me involved with the American Welding Society Colorado Section. It was Orlan who encouraged me to take over His Night welding class in the spring of 1997 with only a 2 week notice. It was Orlan who encouraged me to become a Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Educator. It was Orlan who helped define my career and I know the career of Hundreds of others. His life can be held up as how to give back and have a positive affect on the lives around him in a big way. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to his entire family.

James Huff

March 1, 2021

My deepest sympathy goes out to you. Met Orlie back in the late 60's when he became very interested in photography and along with a dear friend, Harvey Connell, we started a photo club. We even got into taking weddings as a part-time addition to our photography endeavors. As you know, Orlie was a free soul. His friends in Tuscarawas County would be too numerous to even begin to mention; however, we all missed seeing him and hope that he now will make his final journey to Heaven. R.I.P. Orlie and the Good Lord be with you!

Jim Huff

Forrest & JoAnn Pretzeus

February 27, 2021

Linda, Kristin, Matt our deepest condolences to the entire Family we have so many wonderful memories of orly all our camping trips our crazy New Years parties and our Thanksgiving gatherings at the Hicklins & the Pretzeus household it was quite a journey rest in peace Orly (Alfalfa)

Gabriel ( Bud ) & Ruth Mattevi

February 26, 2021

Kristin & Matt, Our sympathy to you & your families. Praying that your good memories help you at this difficult time.

Chuck Howard

February 25, 2021

Condolences to the Orle’ Miller family. I enjoyed working with Orlan & Lois at many VICA Competitions throughout the years. Both of them contributed so much to vocational education. I know he was lost after Lois passed but was fortunate to have met and married Linda. We were pleased to attend their wedding. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Chuck Howard
Retired Welding Instructor
Pickens Tech

Paul Williams

February 25, 2021

I and my wife Jane Williams, who worked as Adult Education Coordinator at the Bollman Occasional Center, remember the many 4 wheel and camping trips we took with Orlan, Lois, and the BOC “gang.” Orlan was always a gentleman and a joy to be with. Later, Jane and I, with Orlan & Linda, enjoyed many trips to Platteville for dinner.
I will always remember when Lois had recently passed, and Orlan was feeling pretty low. I called Orlan and asked if he would like to take a trip with me to Dallas, Texas for a NASCAR Race and a super large swap meet. Orlan immediately said yes, he would love to go. I got on the computer and purchased tickets for the race and booked motels. We wasted no time in driving to Dallas a few days before the race so we could spend time going to the swap meet. I was into restoring classic Oldsmobiles and was always looking for parts. At the very first day, Orlan seemed to have a special interest in all the model A parts and bodies for sale. (Remember, I was the one looking for parts and all of a sudden Orlan was a looker also.) Before the race day came, Orlan had purchased a Model A Body, and a V-60 Ford engine plus misc. parts. Orlan was truly having a ball and so was I, especially to see Orlan having so much fun. Well the race day came and shortly before the gates were to open, the ticket booths closed and over the speaker system came a notice “The Race Has Been Cancelled.” The speed of the cars on this high-speed oval was causing some drivers to black out momentarily. So we packed up and headed back to Denver, but the trip wasn’t wasted, Orlan & I both got a lot of parts plus had a wonderful time together. Orlan then built his classic award-winning Model A roadster!
Orlan will truly be missed by many.
Paul Williams

Rick Kay

February 25, 2021

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. There is not enough time or space for all the cherished memories! Rest in peace Ole' Miller, Love Ya!

Harry Horstman

February 24, 2021

Condolences! He was a fine gentlemen and teacher. Worked with him at Buckeye Vocational School in New Philadelphia Ohio. Harry Horstman, Assistant Director.

David Ray

February 23, 2021

Mr. Miller was my Welding Instructor at the Bollman Occupational Center. Next to my Grandpa, Mr. Miller was the most influential person in my craft. He taught me more than how to weld. He taught me how to be a valued, professional, responsible and respected employee. He prepared me for the workforce (and life) more than any other teacher I ever had. Thirty years later I still think back to the things he taught me and my fellow students. I was blessed to have him as my teacher and will always be grateful to him.

Todd and Laura Miller(family)

February 21, 2021

Linda, Kristin and Matt, You have our deepest condolences and we are continuing to pray for you! My favorite memories of Uncle Orlan include arguing about the Browns and the Broncos, (which we did a lot!) And also of my senior trip which saw my best friend and I staying at Uncle Orlans for a few days. I remember him teasing me for allowing Kristin to paint my finger nail and for always having a video camera going, taping us. He was so much fun and had a heart of gold. He will be missed. Much love to you all. The Millers

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Family Vacation in Colorado!

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Orlan as a young lad.

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Broncos Super Bowl XX1, 1986

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Matt and Kristin's Christmas Card photo taken by our Dad.

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Kristin, and Dad at Christmas.

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Cowboy love

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Brothers for ever

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