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19 Rock Island Rd
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Phone: 509-470-6702
Fax: 509-470-6186
Bradford

Bradford "Brad" Karl Miller

Thursday, April 26th, 1951 - Thursday, August 6th, 2020
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Bradford Karl Miller, age 69, transitioned to his heavenly home on August 6, 2020, from Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Born April 26, 1951, to Karl and Ada Miller, he grew up in Federal Way, Washington, graduating from Federal Way High School in 1969. He attended the University of Washington and Central Washington University receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting, alongside a teaching certificate. On April 8, 1989 he married Janice Elaine Folsom in Wenatchee.

Brad lived in Wenatchee, WA and Spokane, WA and worked at several public elementary schools as a general music teacher in the Spokane and Wenatchee school districts. During 1975 Brad toured as an assistant director with the Continental Singers and traveled to the US & Poland. He then became a director and led Continental tours through the US and Europe in 1978 and 1979. A notable Theatre Organist, he performed many concerts throughout the Pacific Northwest as a silent movie accompanist, while also helping to rebuild and restore multiple pipe organs throughout the country. Beginning in 1982 Brad worked at Belmont Music in Wenatchee for several years with his friend and notable jazz musician, Don Lanphere. He later owned two music stores in Wenatchee, Home Music & Paradise Music. Brad directed the Columbia Chorale from 1984-1989 and 1990-1997 (only taking a year off to pursue a master’s degree). Brad also served as music director for several churches throughout his life including Whitworth Presbyterian church in Spokane and Free Methodist church in Wenatchee. (The old church hymns were one of his delights in life). He will be remembered for his passion for music and teaching, his incredible sense of humor, and his dedication as a father. In later years, playing piano at Pybus Market in Wenatchee was one of his joys!

Brad is survived by his wife Janice, sons Timothy (24, resides in Wenatchee) and Jonathan (30, resides in Kennewick, WA with wife Cassandra), and daughter Katherine (26, resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan), brother Dale Miller, (wife Diana) of Green Valley, AZ, niece Marci Anderson (husband Scott) of Bellingham, WA, nephew Matt Miller, (Bellingham), plus grandnieces & nephews: Jacob Anderson (Annie) Sarah Anderson, Abby Anderson, Addie Anderson.

The family appreciates all the loving care and support from his providers at Confluence Health, and Fieldstone Memory Care.

A celebration of life is not able to be scheduled at this time. You are invited to view Brad’s online tribute at www.heritagememorialchapel.com to share a memory or leave a condolence. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee & Cashmere.
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Theresa L. Ogan

Posted at 03:07pm
I just read the news about Brad's passing and am saddened to realize that he gone. However, I have many fond memories of Brad since we both were involved in music and taught in the elementary schools in Wenatchee, as well as his connection with his music stores, and involvement in the community regarding the performing arts. He was an inspiration and gave much joy to others by sharing his many contributions involving music and education. I imagine Brad is enjoying his new journey along with many of our past outstanding community musicians and those he met throughout his worldly travels. My condolences to his family!
With Sincerity,
Theresa L. Ogan
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Joy Neal

Posted at 11:15am
I am sorry to hear of Brad's passing. I worked with him when he has music director at the Free Methodist Church and I was on staff as a secretary/bookkeeper. He was an amazing musician and a wonderful man. So fun to be around. I always made a point to go to the silent movies if I knew he was playing the organ. I swear he could get beautiful music out of anything--such talent. My thoughts are with Janice and the family during this time of grief. Joy Neal (currently living in Mount Vernon, WA).
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Warren Wheeler

Posted at 12:50pm
I had the pleasure of working with Brad at Woodridge Elementary in Spokane for a number of years. What a good, talented man!
Brad was so gifted and committed musically. I was always so impressed with the many different directions he went with his music lessons in the classroom, and boy did he know how to put on a quality show with the kids. I had the good fortune of doing a few things musically with Brad myself, from performing in the nighttime show up at the outdoor education camps (which Brad took upon himself to totally coordinate) to playing back-up for a young singer at our year-end assembly. You never had to ask Brad twice to help out with things like this, and it was a bonus for me just to watch his magic on the keyboard every time. Brad even went to the trouble of putting together a contemporary pop music CD for me, complete with a cover entitled "Wheeler's Groove Toonz". The man had no shortage of energy, that's for sure. A completely unique talent and personality.

My most heartfelt sympathies to all his loved ones.

Sincerely,
Warren Wheeler
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Sean Douglas

Posted at 02:01am
Jan and Family - thank you for sharing Mr. Miller to my children and the Woodridge family in Spokane. His passion for music was contagious and he was great with the kids. He made an impact on their lives and we are forever grateful for that. Our prayers Of comfort go out to all of you. May you find peace playing some of his favorite music.
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Claudia Bjorklund

Posted at 06:40pm
I am so sorry to hear of Brad's passing. My husband also passed of Early Onset Alzheimer's disease so I understand the journey his family has been on. I knew Brad through his son, John, and the Mead band program. Brad was always pleasant and supportive of the program. My condolences to John, Janice and the rest of the Miller family.
Claudia Bjorklund
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