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6 J The Lovell Chronicle J July 19, 2012 WELCO 4E JULY 20-21, : ()12, Ct WLl,.,'v 31YOMING Bill and Linda Miller st00i'ect ea as Pioneer Bill and Linda are grateful and hon- ored to be the grand marshals of the 2012 Pioneer Day Celebration. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Bill's father, Fred, and his grandpar- ents, Gottfried and Sophie Miller, fleeing to America from Russia in pursuit of the American Dream. This makes Bill a first generation American. Bill says, "Thanks to them, we got to live that American dream." Bill was born to Ruth and Fred Miller, one of a family of five boys and one girl. The family grew up on the farm east of Cowley. Bill attended school in Cowley and served in Vietnam in 1968-69. Bill learned to weld at Cowley High School and later earned a Master Mechanic Degree from Wyoming Tech. In 1970 he married Linda Adams, daughter of Bill and Winn Adams. Her folks owned "The Squeeze Inn" in Lovell. Remember that? Linda went to college to study home economics, then earned her degree in ac- counting and computer science. In 1978 they risked everything they had and started Miller Welding with one welder and one truck, doing repairs for American Colloid. They have expanded the business until it has become, as Bill says, "A monster." It now has evolved into Miller Fabri- cation and they can fix or build just about anything. The shop just east of Lovell has been expanded at least seven times over the years. Besides working side by side with Bill, Linda has also worked at Stevens Whole- sale and Sears, as Cowley's librarian and as a bus driver. In 1985 she added a parts store to the shop "so she would have some- thing to do." Linda served on the Cowley Recreation Board for many years and was a lifeguard, teaching water safety. She served on the Boy Scout Council and as a Cub Scout lead- er. She also served on a parents group that GrandMarsbals held activities for young people including a carnival every year. This was before there were as many activities planned as there are now. The carnival was a much looked forward to event. Bill also took part in many activities in the community including as a T ball coach and as an instructor of hunter safety class- es to ensure that our youth know how to be responsible hunters. The Millers have two sons, Kie and Levi, and a borrowed son, Alan Akin. Alan came to them when he was in the eighth grade and has been a part of the family ever since. They have five granddaughters and one grandson and one great-grand- daughter. They enjoy having their family together for lots of fun times. In 2009 the whole family went to Disneyland. They have more exciting trips together planned for the future. The Millers are active members of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell. Bill recently retired and his son, Levi, became co-owner of the business leaving Bill and Linda free to enjoy their favor- ite pastimes including traveling, hunt- ing, fishing, gardening, farming and build- ing things. Linda enjoys scuba diving and archery and has recently become a "rock hound." The Millers close with this message: "We believe in our youth and support them however we can. Linda and I have traveled all over the world and Cowley is still home. Wherever in the world we have been when we get to see the Pryor and the Big Horn Mountains, we know that we are home. "Cowley, Wyoming is a great place to raise kids." Stop in and see us during Cowley Pioneer Day! Rave a teat time! ...... . .........   LOVEL A Branch of the Bank of Bridget NA , YOUR Lt" YOUR ,4@.of YOUR/omma.,'[y .omb., =.= YOU R Ban FI www, bankoflovell.com 179 E. 3rd Lovell 548-2213 Local customers, local loans, local deposits... all at a LOCAL bank. 8 East Main Lovell, WY 82431 (307) 587-2703 www.bighornfederal.com I'}L We'll see you in Cowley! Chronicle ui