PIERRE — Larry Lee Miller, 73, of Pierre, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield.
A memorial in his honor will be held in Pierre at a later date in the spring as well as a burial at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis
Larry Lee Miller was born April 5, 1948, in Huron, to James and Cleo Miller. Tough as nails even in his childhood, he broke horses, worked cattle and hogs for his dad, and drove truck at a young age across the state.
He joined the Navy in 1967 and served as a hospital corpsman, training in Fleet Marine Force. In February of 1969, Larry was sent to Vietnam and served with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Division. He was stationed around Danang in the Arizona Valley and Que Son Mountains, where he met his lifelong friend Pat Cosper. Semper Fi.
Upon his discharge, Larry received a degree in Biology at American River College in Sacramento, Calif, enabling him to maintain a job he loved for 25 years as a soil conservationist for the State of South Dakota.
He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and golf. A snowbird, he would travel south in the winter. He partied at Mardi Gras and enjoyed cocktails and good food with friends. Larry knew how to have a good time.
Larry will be greatly missed by his daughter Amanda Miller of North Platte, Neb., a son Clay (Amber) Miller of Volga, his grandchildren: Gage, Skylar, Rheya, and all of the amazing friends he met along the way.