Richard Michael Miller
November 21, 1934 – May 17, 2020
Richard Michael Miller "Mike", 85, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2020 at his home in Savage, MN. Born November 21, 1934 in Arvada, CO, to Richard and Carrie Miller. He was married for 43 years to his beloved wife, Marian J. Miller.
Mike lived a full life. In his early years he worked as a wrangler at the Denver Stock Yards and for the local electrical company. He took the civil service test and was accepted into the U.S. Border Patrol in 1957. He was stationed at Rio Grande City, TX, Bonners Ferry, ID, Pembina, ND, and Detroit, MI. He transitioned to a Travel Control Officer and then an Immigration Examiner. In 1974, he became the Asst. Regional Commissioner in St. Paul, MN. His final transfer was to Washington D.C. in 1983 as Deputy Assistant Commissioner. He and Marian retired to Williamsburg, VA where they lived when they weren’t traveling the world. They returned to Minnesota in 2018 to be closer to family.
Mike is survived by his wife, Marian; daughters Cheryl Zombo (Patrick), Kim Mangan (Mark), Toni Nuernberg (Douglas) and Tracy Allen (Michael); grandchildren Ryan Zombo, Melissa Bice, Crystal Arnold, Cody Nuernberg and Kiley Simonson; eleven great-grandchildren; sisters Sally Poitz and Ruth Morton; and step-brother Duane Miller.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; sister Cindy Mativi; daughter Vicki Moyer; and grandson Jason Moyer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested in Mike’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements with private inurnment are being handled by Wulff Funeral Home.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Richard Michael Miller
May 23, 2020
Mike was my first boss at the (then) INS Central Office where I had transferred as a young staff officer. One of my first assignments was on the negotiating team of the U. S. -Canada Free Trade Agreement, the forerunner of NAFTA. Mike was kind to entrust this file to me and often he would fly up to Ottawa with a colleague, Ed Skerrett, and me for “big” meetings. The first such trip north of the border we three dined at Mother Tucker’s in Ottawa. It was a lot of food— for me. Mike asked if he could polish off what I wasn’t going to eat. That man had an incredible appetite that, I suppose, was necessary to fill his very large heart and generous soul. After Mike and Marian retired and left northern Virginia for Willliamsburg, we kept in touch with Christmas letters and through mutual colleagues. I always welcomed the annual travelogue. A fine man who helped mold my career.
May 21, 2020
In loving memory of Dear Mike- A first class chap.
Will be remembered always with love , affection , and great respect by his family in England .
We will forever be grateful for the amazing way he cared for our sister Marian.
Treasured memories of our wonderful times we spent together.
Pete, Chris , Kerri, Suzy, Lee
Olivia , Sammi Maddi and Callum