Clifford Earl Miller

October 17, 1920November 19, 2012

Clifford E. Miller, 92, died at his home on Monday, November 19, 2012.

Cliff was born and raised on a farm near Sunnyside. He, his father and his brothers milked 22 cows before and after school, as well as performing many other chores. He walked to school almost 7 miles, uphill in both directions. Cliff met his wife Valeta in high school. They were married in 1942 and were about to celebrate their 71st anniversary. Valeta has received many ‘condolences’ over the years.

Cliff enlisted in the Army Air Force during WWII, returning to Yakima following his discharge. He worked for a local camera store for 11 years before opening his own store - - Cliff Miller’s Cameras with Valeta in 1956. Over the years his great delight was in his customers. When you met Cliff he was immediately your friend. He retired in 1980 and since that time he enjoyed golf, gardening and his computer.

Cliff received many recognitions including: Past President Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Past President Yakima Rotary Club, Past President Knife and Fork Club, Past President Yakima Credit Bureau, past foreman of every jury on which he served, past member of B.P.O.E., past member of Yakima Country Club, past member of Bible Study Fellowship as well as being an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Valeta, two sons, Dave (Carol) and Kevin, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Cliff’s faith in God is firm and he is forever at home with the LORD.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Wesley United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Bible Study Fellowship International c/o Keith & Keith Funeral Home, 902 W Yakima Ave Yakima WA 98902. Please share a memory at


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Dr. Ronald Warninger

December 6, 2012

I have the fondest memories of Cliff and the entire family living next to them on 35th Avenue growing up. I will especially remember the special times we had together at our cabin and visiting them at their store where he would show me a new camera. Thank you Cliff for sparking my interest in photography, my #1 hobby today. That interest was shared with two of my daughters that are now professional photographers.
Cliff was a great role model, great business man and the best neighbor one could have and I will always cherish those memories.

michelle cuneo

November 24, 2012

my mother and father were both customers of cliffs for many years....ray and dorothy very sorry for your loss....his greatest adventure may be ahead...who knows....

Rene Shaffer

November 24, 2012

I have fond memories of Cliff Miller's Camera Shop.

November 24, 2012

I met Cliff just about the same time he started business. . A great friend that lived a long and meaningful life.

Ken Gustafson.

Norma Lou Telford

November 24, 2012

Cliff and my father Norton Grow were cousins. They were born and raise in Green Valley, Yakima County. I am a name sake of Aunt Lou , Cliff's mother. His father Noah and my grandmother Ina were brother and sister. I have heard many stories of Cliff, Ron and Jack , from my dad Norton. Many happy memories that will last me for the rest of my time. Cherish all the memories. Love to you all especially Valeta, Dave, Kevin and all . Sincerely Norma Lou Grow Telford

November 24, 2012

It has been an honor to have been Clift's friend. Cliff had a great sense of humor and was liked and respected by all who knew him.
I will miss him.
Steve Blankinship

November 23, 2012

Like everyone who knew him, I admired and respected Cliff, a member of the greatest generation who KNEW how to serve as: Cliff the businessman, Cliff the community leader, Cliff the family man, and Cliff the fellow church member. He certainly left his mark on the Yakima Valley. We need more Cliff Millers.
Bruce Eyer, Longview