James D. Miller, 86, died Jan. 18, 2024. He was born Feb. 27, 1937, in Hammett, Idaho, to Paul W. and Barbara D. Miller.
He came to Glenwood Springs, Colo., through the 1-W service program through the Mennonite church. He started his service as an orderly at the Mountain View Nursing Home in 1956. After marrying the love of his life, Connie, in December 1957, he changed to working in the maintenance department of Valley View Hospital for four years. He then joined J&M Pump Co., starting his career in the plumbing field. After working for J&M pump for 10 years, he bought K&B Plumbing in 1971, which he owned and operated until 1978. He continued to work there after he sold the business until 1984. He then worked for First National Bank in Glenwood, maintaining their facilities from 1986 to 1991. After leaving the bank, he rejoined Valley View Hospital, returning to the maintenance department, where Valley View used his master plumbing license from 1992 until he retired 2002.
He enjoyed exploring the back country mountain trails, hiking and camping, hunting with friends and his children. He enjoyed woodworking and cultivated many a garden and flower bed. He enjoyed taking things apart to understand how they worked and fixing them.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Miller; daughter Charlene (Levi) Troyer of Silt; sons Rob Miller of Idaho and Mark Miller of Fort Collins; brothers Don Miller of Silt and Duane (Jill) Miller of Iowa; sisters Mary (George) Summer of Pennsylvania and Lois Summer of Michigan; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Phillip Summer.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. March 2 at Glenwood Church of Christ in Glenwood Springs.
Donations may be made to Mennonite Mission Network or The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry.