Richard Anton Millener

February 1, 1952 – March 20, 2019


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Richard Anton Millener passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at his home in Big Bear Lake, California.  Richard was born February 1, 1952 in San Diego, California to George Hardin and Eleanor Helen Millener. Richard is survived by his wife, Valarie Millener. His brother Bill Millener and wife, Carol and son, Shane reside in Durango, Colorado.  Richard’s parents, father born in 1910 in New York and mother 1912, born in Illinois, precede him in death. 


In 1959, Richard started in first grade in the Big Bear Lake Schools. He graduated from Big Bear High School.  His professional training was with Brooks Institute of Phot0graphy from 1973 to 1976. 

A Celebration of Life service will be Sunday April 28th, at The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake, at 2:00 P.M. located at 42900 Big Bear Boulevard.  Friends are welcome to the afternoon service. 

Richard Millener established Millener Productions and Old Tyme Photos, located in the Village of Big Bear Lake. The renowned Photographer Millener produced photography for numerous families throughout his many years.  At many school activities and graduations, seatings for family portraits, weddings, special occasions, celebrity shoots, as well as the unlimited valley visitors, Millener was the chosen photographer. 


Annually, Millener competed in the Antique and Amusement Photographers International, also was referred to as ‘the photographer’, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Old Tyme Photos won many awards; of which were on display at the Millener Studio.  He played several roles with Old Miners Association, the Cowboy Music & Poetry Gatherings, Pioneer Town cronies, most often outfitted in his old west attire, as well as in his whimsical character.

Cards and remembrances can be addressed to: 773 A-10, Knickerbocker Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. 

A friend to many, Richard Millener was a unique, original individual that will be greatly missed. 

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Written by Rev. E. T. C.  Russell  April 2019