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Miller Duris

Miller Duris died March 23. He was 86.

Mr. Duris was born March 2, 1928, in Rainier to John and Mary (Duhon) Duris. He attended school in Rainier until 1945, enlisting in the Navy at 17. He left the service in 1949. In 1948, he married Celestine Weverka in Hillsboro. He worked for Meltebeke's Furniture in Hillsboro before joining Tektronix in 1951. He moved to Virginia in 1959, where he managed the Tektronix, Washington, D.C., field office. Returning to Hillsboro in 1967, he continued at Tektronix until 1977. He was appointed to the Hillsboro City Council in 1969, served as Hillsboro mayor from 1973-‘77 and Washington County Commission Chair 1977-‘81. From 1971-‘74, he owned and operated Miller's Sweet Shop in Hillsboro. He went on to be facilities manager for Tuality Hospital, retiring in 1991.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Andrej, Slovakia; sister, Annie Griffiths, St. Helens; and daughter, Cheryl Tankersley, St. Helens. He is survived by his wife of 65 years; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Herb Hirst, North Plains; Carol and Steve Nolan, Hillsboro; Colleen and Steve Palmer, St. Helens; Carin and Blake Landon, Hillsboro; and Cathy Robb of Kenneth, Fla., and son-in-law, Burdette Robb of Vernonia; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at St. Matthew Church in Hillsboro, preceded with a rosary at 10:30 a.m. and a luncheon following in the church hall. Memorial donations can be made to St. Matthew Church.

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