On Sept. 3, 2019, Kenneth E. Miller passed away at age 87. He was born April 29, 1932, at a midwife's house, literally seconds after the local physician had driven away, after telling his mother, "No, you're not ready yet."
After 11 years in Bismarck, N.D., his family moved to Grafton, N.D., and later to Valley City, N.D., where he graduated from high school. He attended Augsburg College for two years before joining the army, where he served at Fort Dix, N.J.
Kenneth married Audrienne Johnson in Trenton, N.J., on Oct. 1, 1955, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1960. He moved to Rochester in 1962, where he was a speech therapist in the public schools, later employed as an audiologist at Mayo Clinic from 1963 until retirement in 1990.
Ken loved travel, reading and had a wide range of interests. At various times, he enjoyed raising cacti, miniature roses, was a vegetable gardener, a collector of antique maps, and a distance runner, finishing several marathons. He was one of the original officers (publicist) of the Rochester Track Club. He was an avid Anglophile, loved British history, and he and Audrienne visited England often. He loved birds, nature, and animals, especially his cats. He loved good books, word puzzles and bad puns.
Ken is survived by his wife, Audrienne; two sons, Bennett (Roberta) of Alameda, California, and Peter (Lori) of Calabasas, California; daughter, Joan (Dan) of Marblehead, Mass.; and granddaughters, Sara, Lily, Ava and Nina.
A Memorial Celebration is pending.