Harlin E. Miller Jr.


Harlin E. Miller Jr., 84, of Bismarck, passed away on April 21, 2023 in a Bismarck Hospital.  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home.  Burial will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Cremation has taken place a family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service.

Harlin was born on Feb. 22, 1939 to Harlin E. Miller Sr and Ruth (Nelson) Harris in Ziegler, Illinois. He graduated from West Frankfort High School in Illinois in 1957.  He then Entered the US Air Force on August 16, 1957 and was honorably discharged on November 24, 1964.

He married Marilyn Wetch on July 1, 1961.  Harlin opened Harlin’s Alternator and Starter Service in Bismarck in 1990, partnering with his son Bill.

He loved to hunt, fish, spending time at the Lake Cabin, bowling and woodworking.

Harlin will be deeply missed by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn, sons, Mark and Bill, sisters, Pat (Virgil) Stearns and Diane Norwood, both of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlin and Ruth, his in-laws, George Wetch and Tressa Wetch (Rauchwater), sister-in-law, Janice K. Cieslak.


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I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

So sorry for the loss of a great man and a good friend to my parents. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

I am sorry to hear about Harlin Miller’s passing. Harlin first came to Bismarck from Marrakesh, Africa in 1958 with the Air Force to set up the radar site here in Bismarck. I came to Det 10 Radar site first in 1965-66, again in 1975-80 and was the First Sergeant (1983-86) when I closed the Radar Site as Det 14 in 1986 and moved it to Forsyth, MT. Always enjoyed talking to Harlin over the years. I retired from the Air Force in 1987 and moved back to Bismarck/Mandan. I will keep my thoughts and prayers with you all.