Recitation of the
Rosary for Elmer M. Miller, 78 of Nampa,
who died Saturday, October 10, 1992 at a
hospital, will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday, October 12, 1992
at the Alsip Funeral Chapel,
Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at the
St. Paul's Catholic church at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, October 13, 1992. Father
Alfred Puccinelli, S.M. will celebrate.
Burial will follow
in the Hillcrest Memorial
Elmer M. Miller was born on February 25, 1914 in
Nevada to Gerhard & Marie Tholen
Miller. He attended
grammar school in
Valley and graduated from
High School in Winnemucca. He
married Mildred A. Voigts on May 8, 1941 in Winnemucca.
In 1946, they
moved to San Francisco where he
began to learn the trade of Bit & Spur making.
He was mostly
self-taught because there were no schools that taught the
art of Bit & Spur making. He
was fortunate in finding an old Spanish bit maker by the
name of Filo Gutierrez who helped him out from time to time.
He and another man
by the name of Albert Tietjen learned this trade and formed
the business of Miller & Tietjen Bit & Spur.
In 1949, they moved
to Reno where he continued his
1952, Mr. Tietjen went to the Korean War and Elmer and his
family moved back to Paradise Valley
where he ran the family ranch.
In 1963, he moved to
to continue his love of his trade by forming Miller Bit &
Spur Business and School.
Elmer was widely
recognized as a superior craftsman and was recently awarded
the Governor's Award for the Arts on September 26, 1992.
Elmer was a
member of the St. Paul's Catholic Church in Nampa.
He is survived by: his wife, Mildred of Nampa; four
daughters and sons-in-law, Gladys & Dwane Ford, Jeannette &
Mike Avera, Frances & Edmund Mason and Trina & Gary Weber,
all of Nampa; a son, Jim Miller of Dixie, Idaho; seven
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded
in death by his parents and four brothers.
Friends may call at
the Alsip Funeral Chapel today until 9 p.m. and on Monday
from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.