Friedrich "Fritz" V.B. Miller

Born: Fri., Feb. 25, 1938
Died: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019

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Friedrich V.B. "Fritz" Miller Age 80 died on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at Willowbrook Terrace in Pendleton, Or. 

Friedrich (Fritz) von Boetticher Miller was born February 25, 1938, in Buffalo, New York, and died February 14, 2019, in Pendleton, Oregon.

Fritz was one of six children. He is survived by his sister Heidi Gross and brother Ted Miller. His brothers David Miller and Edward Miller and sister Georgia Fink have passed away.

His parents were both physicians. His father, David K. Miller, and his mother, Adelheid von Boetticher, met during their early career in the medical field. His mother was a physician in Germany and became a social worker after she came to the United States.

Fritz graduated high school in Buffalo, New York, in 1956. He attended Cornell University and the University of Buffalo where he completed medical school. He was a merit scholar. Following completion of medical school, he completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received board certification.

Fritz served in the United States Army. In Vietnam, he served as a physician in a prisoner of war camp and also worked at a Catholic hospital. He received an honorable discharge from the military. Later he spent time in Haiti as a volunteer at a children’s hospital.

While in Salem, Oregon, Fritz developed an interest in psychiatry and did volunteer work providing mental health services. Fritz worked as a physician on the staff of Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center (EOPC) beginning in 1979. He retired after 21 years of service at EOPC.

Fritz and his first wife Eleanor had two children, Elizabeth Tardif and Sarah Smith, and four grandsons. His second wife was Marilyn Howell. Fritz married Jackie Smith, the love of his life, in 1997. He met Jackie while working at EOPC.

After retirement, Fritz participated in many activities in the Pendleton area. He was active in the Episcopal Church. He studied the Education for Ministry Course through the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., a program designed to prepare people for personal ministry. He served as a volunteer for Good Samaritan Ministries. He became credentialed as a minister from the Universal Life Church, performing several weddings for friends and associates.

He was active in 12-step programs, programs at the Roundup Athletic Club, including yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, and attended classes at Wellness Wave.

During 22 years of marriage, Fritz and Jackie frequently traveled to Wisconsin. They stayed at Jackie’s homestead and visited her mother and relatives there. They also traveled to Hawaii, China, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Throughout his life, Fritz was charitable and helpful to many people, with a special interest in folks who were having hard times such as experiencing mental or emotional problems, substance abuse issues or recovering from various traumas in their lives. Fritz was well-known for being able to develop rapport with many people. We will all miss this effervescent, intelligent, and passionate man.

Donations in memory of Dr. Miller may be to Good Samaritan Ministries, c/o Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.

A memorial service is scheduled for March 9, 2019, Saturday, at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Pendleton.


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Deborah Shaich
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Fritz and I were fellow Buffalonians although I first met him in 1969 when visiting a mutual friend in Portland. I would see Fritz when he came back to Buffalo to visit his family and ended up working at both the hospitals his parents worked at. I moved to Portland in 1972 and we spent more time together. After Fritz moved to Pendleton , we saw each other less, but he always made the effort to stay in touch over the years. Fritz and Jackie were very generous to share their tickets to Broadway musicals when they were unable to come to Portland.
Jackie, thinking about you and hoping if you need a place to stay if you come to Portland, you will get in touch with me. Take care of yourself. 💕 Deborah

Linda seecarry
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
I met Fritz when he first moved to Pendleton,Or and was working at EOSH & TC.
We remained friends over the years . I was working both at EOSH, and later at the Psychiatric center as a nurse. Fritz was a wonderful Dr. and compassionate about the care of his patients. He made a lot of friends , and he will be surely missed by many ex-coworkers and those in the community. My daughter Tiffany also expresses her condolences to you as well Jackie. Tiffany enjoyed working for you and Fritz in your yard. Linda Seecarry

Barbara Małasiewicz
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
Kind hearted memories of a Mam whose readiness to serve and help others was outstanding . Missing the Words of wisdom and generously shared expertise. Farrewell my Friend

Lori Hutchison Bainter
   Posted Wed February 20, 2019
I have many good memories of Dr. Miller. His kindness towards me and his patients have had a lasting positive effect. I was sad to hear of his passing. He will be remembered and missed.

Bill Farner
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
I was a classmate of Fritz at Amherst Central High School, near Buffalo, NY. I believe he was was on the cross country team as was I. He attended what I think was our 50th reunion after driving to Wisconsin to visit his wife's homestead and probably her family there. As I have learned from others with Facebook access, he was well regarded. I have received several inquiries about him from classmates. May he rest in peace.

Warrine Terpening
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
I had just recently had the privilege of meeting Fritz and I so enjoyed listening to his stories about our building--now EOCI. What a nice man. Pretty remarkable life & career.

Theodore Totman
   Posted Tue February 26, 2019
Fritz and I were high school classmates at Amherst Central High School in Snyder, New York, an immédiate suburb of Buffalo. Remember all the time I spent with Fritz and his sister with great pleasure. Years later, my wife Hélène and I went to some museums in Buffalo with Fritz. Think it was a class reunion that had brought us all back for a visit. A wonderful person he was and Hélène and I are very sad he is no longer with us.

Beth Brouillard
   Posted Sat March 09, 2019
I so enjoyed working as an RN with Dr Miller at EOPC for many years.
Always cheerful and pleasant to be around, he was a great role model for staff and patients alike. I saw his ability to accept and teach others about his knowledge of mental health and recovery as the basis of many patients hope and success. He was a joy to see and talk with in the community after his retirement. Am glad Jackie that you both had more years and opportunities after retiring to travel and visit family and friends. You are both fondly remembered by me and many others in our community, blessings to you Jackie.

Wendi Jackson
   Posted Thu March 14, 2019
Fritz was a joy to be around.

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