SITKA TRADITION – Ricky Jarvill, Blatchley Pool manager, and Emma Edson of Alaska Marine Safety Education Association help third-grade students walk out of the water at the Crescent Harbor boat ramp Thursday. The entire third grade learned about cold water survival in the program coordinated by Jarvill and AMSEA. The Sitka School District has been sponsoring the program long enough, more than 30 years, that some parents on Thursday recalled their own third-grade survival experiences. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Edward Maurice Miller

Edward Maurice Miller

Edward Maurice Miller, of Sitka, passed away Feb. 3, 2017, at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He was 86.

Born Jan. 5, 1931, in Ypsilanti, Mich., to Maurice and Maude  Miller, he enjoyed most of his life living in Alaska. Ed was a passionate man with a wonderful sense of humor who enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

For many years he worked as a helicopter pilot, and flew around the world. Fast Eddie, as he was known by many, learned to fly in Ann Arbor, Mich., and went on to log an incredible number of flight hours in Jet Ranger helicopters, some 30,000 hours in the air.

Ed gained his experience flying in Southeast Asia, South America, and the United States. Some of his flying jobs included oil exploration expeditions in Singapore and Anchorage; mountain surveys in Argentina; mining explorations in Quebec; and assisting on various U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Government contracts in California and Juneau, before coming to Sitka to do local flying and work for the Alaska Pulp Corporation.

Ed generously donated much of his time flying for various local organizations, including the Salvation Army and Mt. Edgecumbe High School.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Maude Miller; his sister Mabel (Henry Ritz); and daughter Lincinda Gamble.

Edward is survived by two sons, Michael Gamble and James Gamble of Eugene Ore.; a daughter, Tina (Gamble) Dullock of Jackson, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Tia and Bea Davis, Philip Dullock, Andrew and Brenda Dullock, Catherine (Gamble) and Neale Maske, Lindsey (Gamble) and Paul Thomas, William Gamble;six  great-grandchildren, Courtney Davis, Deryck and Ethayn Dullock, Henry and Samuel Maske and Brennan Thomas;  and several nieces and nephews.

The family expressed gratitude to the nurses and staff at SEARHC “for their loving care and support, and all of Ed’s friends here in Sitka who helped him along the way.”

Per Ed’s wishes, he has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Ed’s name to the Salvation Army and the Elks Lodge in Sitka.

 

 

 

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