Paul John Miken Obituary
Paul John Miken passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at the age of 94. Paul was born on August 24, 1926 in Willamette, Oregon. He graduated from West Linn High School in 1944.
In 1948, Paul became the Golden Gloves of Oregon Amateur Boxing Champion. He enjoyed all sports, especially his NY Yankees.
Paul worked for Crown Zellerbach Pulp & Paper Mill. He retired in 1983 after 37 years. His first job at Crown was parking cars and as a gardener. Paul worked his way up to Saw Mill Superintendent at the West Linn and Lake Oswego mills.
Paul lived on the 100 year old farm that his father settled in 1920 when he arrived from Lithuania. Paul grew numerous crops and raised livestock. He was specifically known for his commercial holly, raspberries, Christmas trees and beef operations. Paul also enjoyed making wine. When you came to visit he would invite you out to his “wine house” for sampling. You never left empty handed.
Paul was an avid gardener. In 1983 he became one of the original members of the OSU Master Gardeners, Clackamas County Chapter. In 1990 he was awarded the “Outstanding Oregon State Master Gardener of the Year”. He served on various committees and boards and retired from the Master Gardeners in 2012. Paul was known to all Master Gardeners as“Mr. Hospitality”. In 2017, the Clackamas Community College Foundation renamed the Clackamas Master Gardeners Endowment to the Paul Miken Clackamas County Master Gardeners Endowment in honor of Paul’s leadership, dedication and service.
Paul was a member of the Oregon City Elks for 64 years. At St. John's church Paul was a Member of the Knights of Columbus, served monthly as a Mass usher, and was a member of the church's cemetery committee where he helped with the development of the reception room they have today at the cemetery.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife Rose. He is survived by his children John (Denise), Jim (Gladys), Joe (Gloria), Jean (John) and three grandchildren Jeff (Leslie), Conor and Caitlin McCabe, two great Grandchildren, Hadley and Emmett Miken.
Funeral will be held at St John the Apostle Catholic Church, 417 Washington Street, Oregon City on Thursday,
May 6. Rosary at 9:30 am, Mass at 10:00 am. Funeral will be streamed live at YouTube.com St John Apostle
The family would like to thank all of our dad's caregivers for their loving and compassionate care of our dad over the years.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to: St. John the Apostle Catholic Cemetery, 417 Washington Street, Oregon City OR 97045.