Bill Miller

Bill Miller

Of the many ways people think about history, cemeteries rarely are at the top of their list.

I lost my best friend of the past two decades in January when Dirk Siedlecki suddenly passed on.

Writer Bill Miller is the author of six books, including “Silent City on the Hill, Jacksonville Oregon’s Historic Cemetery.” Reach him at

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Lovely tribute, Bill, and so well deserved! Dirk was at the heart (or was the heart) of so many local activities and will be much missed by so many.


Thank you for this thoughtful tribute to Dirk. He was, indeed, a dedicated and wonderful man. I got to visit with him and Mary in their home a couple of times for articles covering "Meet the Pioneers," his wildly popular cemetery reenactment program of early pioneers' lives. He will be sorely missed.

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