Orville “Bud” Miller

November 27, 1932 - August 16, 2017

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Orville “Bud” Miller, a long time Downey resident passed away August 16th in Bakersfield, California, surrounded by family. He was born in Gettysburg, South Dakota in 1932. He worked as a trapper on the family farm until he enlisted into the Navy.


Bud was in the U.S. Navy, stationed in San Diego, CA and served in the Korean War on the USS- Los Angeles. He became the ships’ barber and took up boxing in his spare time. He told many stories of his time in the military and cherished the momento’s collected from his time abroad.
He made Downey his home after he was discharged from the Navy and eventually opened “Bud’s Barbershop,” then located at 8021 Imperial Hwy. He relocated twice within the city but kept a large following of customers, as he was well-known for his flat-top’s, military haircuts and the gift of telling good jokes! He retired in 1992.

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As a member of the Downey American Legion, The Downey Elks and The Optimist Club, Bud volunteered his time, helping various causes in the community. He took much pride in being an American Veteran.


Bud eventually retired to Payson, Arizona with his wife JoAnn.  In 2016, he moved to Bakersfield, CA to be closer to his daughter (s).


He is survived by his 4 daughters, Natalie, Jodi, Cathy, and Dana. Through his example, he taught them to always be fair and help others in need, to pay it forward.


Bud will be missed by all who knew him. He will be remembered for his firm handshake, great sense of humor and ability to make people smile.