Age 91, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Roseburg, OR. Wayne was born in a sod house in Bison, S. Dakota, to parents Floyd Franklin and Ollie R. Miller. The depression created hard times for the family causing them to move many times. From S. Dakota they moved to Florida. When Wayne was about 15 they moved to Coquille Oregon. About half way thru his senior year they moved again to Lebanon where he graduated. One of his fondest memories was in the Boy Scouts at age 13 he won The World Champion Knot Tying contest beating out Scouts from St. Lewis. He still holds the record to this day. After high school he worked a couple of years at a Plywood plant before enlisting in the Army Air Corp in the Cadet program. Then off to Radio School in the Air Corp. He was the Radio Operator Mechanic for the 321st Troop Carrier Squadron. He took care of all the radios in the airplanes. He received many awards while in service and spent 1 year in France. He also trained at Butler University in Indianapolis in the Cadet program. After the service he studied Forestry for 2 years at Oregon State. He was a very loyal Beaver Fan! He finished out his college at Southern Oregon College. He tried his hand at teaching 4th thru 6th grades in Grants Pass, but soon realized he really wanted to work in Forestry. Wayne worked for the Douglas Forest Protective Association as Assistant and Head Dispatcher and Secretary Treasurer for 40 years. He loved his job.
In 1955 he married Margaret Banning Stiltner and they were married for 53 years. Wayne enjoyed life and lead a full and energetic one. He has never met a stranger. Everyone loved and respected him. His wit and humor will be missed. He loved walking on the beach picking up rocks, camping, fishing, hunting, gardening, reading and playing cards with friends of which he had many. He was pretty good at wood working too. He and Margaret spent 18 years as Snow Birds in Arizona.
Wayne is survived by his sister Norma Jolly of Springfield, step son Ray M. Stiltner and wife Linda of Lakeside, grandson Chas W. Stiltner of Portland and his mother Gena L. Tharp of Roseburg, Nephews Wayne John Myers of Eugene and Tim Myers of Colfax, WA., And favorite companion Pat Hershey.
He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret and sister Martha Myers.
There will be no services per Wayne’s request.