- April 19, 1927 - January 22, 2012
- Austin, Texas
of Keith's Passing
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“My late husband and I used Hunger For Healing as our main resource going through the 12 Steps in our Overcomers Outreach group for at least six years...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Bonnie Feist - Grants Pass, , OR
“To Keith Miller's family. None of you knows me. My husband Dick Walton pased away in November of 2010. He and Keith were in the same fraternity...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Carolyn Walton - Dallas, TX
“i remember keith from time spent in wickenburg arizona in 1985 have always wondered what happened after our time there. my thoughts and prays are...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: ginger hines
“Fond memories of Keith and his girls-----I taught them piano, many years ago. The world has lost a very special person.
4 of 12 | Posted by: Cynthia Kalloday Everist - Austin, TX
“When my family in Houston sent me Keith's obituary memories of him, Andrea and several members of his family came flooding into my mind and heart....Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Betty Adams - Seattle, WA
Steve & I had the pleasure of sitting next to you at the OU basketball reunion dinner. Also, sent a newspaper photo of Keith warming up...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Hall - Okla. City, OK
“Keith and I were friends at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High in Tulsa, and in the Boy Scouts. He was s remarkable person, then, and in later life. I have...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: J. William (Bill) Love, Jr. - TX
“During college at the University of Oklahoma, I was blessed to become friends with Kristin. Through that friendship, I came to know her sisters and...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Jari Askins - Oklahoma City, OK
“I am from First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg and an attendee of our Women's retreat where we had the honor of Kristin's presence during her...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Margie Beckett - Easley, , SC
“Keith was a great man who had a big influence on my life for the better. I will always remember some of the words of wisdom and faith he gave me. ...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: David Smith - Norman, OK - Friend
“I. Frequently have thought of Keith over these many years since I left Austin. My sincere condolences to all of his family and many friends. He...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Christine Bloomquist - TX
“My heart is with you and your family...may the God of all comfort be with each one. Love, Karen Walace Metzel
12 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Wallace Metzel - Winnsboro, TX
John Keith Miller, 84, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a resident of Austin, Texas passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012. He was born on April 19, 1927 in Tulsa, the son of Earle T. Miller and Mable Davis Miller. After graduating from Tulsa Central High School, he served in the U.S. Navy and then entered Oklahoma University, Norman, OK. In 1949, he married Mary Allen Hess. At O.U. he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and played on the O.U. Men's basketball team. He received a B.S. in Business from O.U. in 1951. For the next decade, Miller worked in the oil exploration business in Texas and Oklahoma.
He left the oil business to study theology at Berkeley Divinity School (at Yale) and Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, IN, receiving a Divinity Degree in 1964. In 1962, Miller became the first director of Laity Lodge, an Ecumenical Christian retreat center in the Texas hill country. In 1971 he earned a Master's Degree in Psychological Counseling.
In 1965, his first book, The Taste of New Wine, was published. He spent the rest of his life communicating hope and faith with people through his writing and speaking. All together Keith has written or co-authored 24 books on subjects including Christian living, addictions and codependence, the process of spiritual transformation, discovering and achieving one's vocational and life dreams, devotions, and business. Other works include three DVD series, "A Hunger for Healing," "Wrestling with Angels," and "Write from the Heart." His deep friendship and partnership with Bruce and Hazel Larson and many others influenced the way the Christian world understood and lived out theology. They helped establish "relational theology," living out one's Christian faith as an Adventure through a relationship with God that affects how one lives and relates to God and others. His commitment to the Adventure and the Story gave many others a way to know Jesus and live a life of faith.
In 1976 Keith and his wife were divorced. Several years later he married Andrea Wells who became not only his partner in life, but his partner also in ministry, writing and the Adventure. Keith continued to speak, write, and invest in the lives of those around him until the day he died. He was a passionate person who loved intensely and who wanted to reflect the light of Christ to the world. In 2009 he received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, a reflection of the mark he had made on the church. In November of 2011 he was awarded the Peacemaker's Award for International Dialogue by the Dispute Resolution Center of Austin for his work in conflict situations in several foreign countries during the past twenty years.
He is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Earle P. Miller.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Andrea Wells Miller of Oak Ridge, TN now living in Austin, and his three daughters, Leslie Williams and her husband, Stockton of Kerrville, TX, Kristin Huffman and her husband Mike of Houston, TX, and Mary-Keith Dickinson and her husband Karl of Hunt, TX. Leslie's children include Jerre Williams and wife, Jessica, and Caroline Williams. Kristin's children include Lizz Provence Swanson and her husband, Chris, Mark Provence and Becky Provence. Mary-Keith's children include Mitchell Dickinson and Mary-Blair Dickinson. Keith also had five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to one of the following: Austin Recovery, 8402 Cross Park Dr., Austin, 78754, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr., Austin, Texas 78759, The Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028, or Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship/Light of Hope, 7132 Portland Ave. Suite 136, Richfield, MN 55423.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 4, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa (Steck & Mesa) Austin with a reception following the service.