Henry Turner (Bud) Miller III

Henry T Miller III

Henry T. (Bud) Miller III passed away at his home on May 8, 2018 in Woodinville, Washington.  Bud was born on December 9, 1932 in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Tulia High School and was very active in the Tulia Jaycees and the state of Texas Jaycees.  He won the highest award given by the Texas state Jaycees known as the “Jake” award.  Bud worked with his father Henry T. Miller Jr. at Miller Auto until he and his family moved to Washington state in 1968.  Bud started his family construction business along with his family and ran Enterprise Construction until he and his wife Ruth retired in 1991.  His two sons Henry IV and Steve and Steve’s wife Debbie then took over.  His son Steve Miller and his wife Debbie still have the successful construction company in the Seattle area.


After retiring Bud and his wife Ruth traveled extensively in their R.V. for 13 years.  Then they were snow birds in the Phoenix area for 14 years until Bud lost his eye sight and then he and his wife stayed in their home in Woodinville, Washington. Bud loved building anything that needed building, fishing, working in his yard, traveling, cooking and being around his family. Bud had a wonderful life and many friends in Texas, Arizona, California and Washington.  Bud is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, M. Ruth (Smith) Miller.  His son Henry T. Miller IV (Annie) (ex wife Wendy) of Chelan, Washington, His son Steven K. Miller (Debbie) of Monroe, Washington, and his daughter Kathy L. Miller of Dallas, Texas.  His granddaughters, Tiffany Hoester (J.D.), Casey Miller (ex husband Nate Halligan).  His grandsons, Erik Miller (ex wife Jessie), Henry T. Miller V (Meghan) and Chris Miller (Marcy).  His great granddaughter Alexzandria (Lexz) Halligan and great grandsons Logan, Linkoln and Landon Hoester.


Bud was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Cole.  His father Henry T. Miller Jr, his sister Dorothy Kostka.  His mother in law Bulah B. Smith, his brothers in law Tom Jr., Guy, and Vasco Smith.


Bud’s grandfather Henry T. Miller started, owned and was editor of “Territory Topic” newspaper in the Indian Territory, then the Oklahoma Territory and then the state of Oklahoma. He and Bud’s grandmother (Fannie Graham) were in the Oklahoma run and did not know each other at that time.  Each staked a claim and were each awarded their land which is now Norman, Oklahoma. Bud was very proud of his heritage.


We all loved bud and will miss him, he is now in heaven and can see again!


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6 Responses to “Henry Turner (Bud) Miller III”

  • Elaine E. Seichko says:

    My memories of my dear friend Bud? He was an honorable man .. one who’s word or handshake was better than a signed contract. He was caring, sincere and would do anything to help a friend or loved one, an all-around great guy and a true gentleman. My fondest memory, however, is that Bud loved to laugh!! It’s the times we sat and chatted — our conversations interspersed with guffaws and giggles — that I miss the most.

    Our loss is heaven’s gain. Rest in peace, old friend, knowing you were much loved!

  • Ralph Galambos says:

    Ruth, so sorry to hear about Bud’s passing. I remember wonderful get together’s after ball games at your place in Phoenix and Bud was always so congenial and friendly with everyone. Hope you are doing well. Ralph and Terry Galambos

  • Bob and Gordy Tyler says:

    Bud was our customer and friend for as long as he lived at Pueblo El Mirage Resort. We spent several hours shooting the bull with him and Ruth on there patio. Rest In Peace my friend

  • Gerry Howley says:

    Vicki & I had some great times with Bud & Ruth in AZ and we missed them dearly when they moved back home. We’ll always remember Bud breaking the rules bringing Kitty over to the course, near our unit to potty & I would always get on him about it (in fun). God will enjoy his company.

  • Bill a d Jean Brindley says:

    Enjoyed Buds shuffleboard playing even though he couldn’t see well. Even beat Bill a time or two. Great guy, sorry for your loss Ruth

  • ALVIN W. SMITH says:

    Uncle Bud was and is one of the rare good guys in life. I will always cherish the Smith family gatherings at Marymoor Park, during Easter weekends. He always showed the true southern hospitality to everyone he would meet. I have never forgotten you Uncle and wished I could have seen you again before you left us. I know the celebration in heaven is great and that you are whole again.
    R.I.P. Uncle Bud.
    Love Wayne Smith

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