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Raymond G. Miller, Jr.

December 2, 1932 August 14, 2021
Raymond G. Miller, Jr.
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Obituary for Raymond G. Miller, Jr.

Ray Miller died peacefully at home in the company of his family. Ray is survived by his wife of 28 years, Janet Miller, and his children: Bob (Kristen) Miller, Beth Miller, Libby (Jim) Bishop, and Greg (Ashley) Walker. He was the proud grandfather of the late Ryan Miller as well as Henry and Claire Bishop, and Clark and Briggs Walker.

A Memorial Service will take place at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Rd, Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 12 Noon. Friends may visit beginning at 11am. A luncheon gathering will follow. Interment with military honors will take place Monday, October 11, 2021 at 10am in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

Ray led a colorful life. He attended the University of Rhode Island (graduating in 1954) and participated in the ROTC program. He played football for Rhode Island, breaking his leg in his first practice. Ray then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, based in Garmisch Switzerland. When Ray reported for active duty the Army football coach recruited him as he stepped off the bus to play football for the Army team during his service. Later Ray continued his travels throughout Europe as he promoted his own machine tool business. Never one to let the grass grow under him, Ray’s retirement led to many construction projects. He built a house in Birmingham, rebuilt a cottage in Port Austin, and made many improvements to his home in Birmingham. He took pride in designing useful products for his grandchildren such as a working tool bench and kitchen step-up ladder for kids’ cooking.

Ray enjoyed both University of Michigan football and basketball. He enjoyed good food and critiquing restaurants. He travelled to keep up with his family in Connecticut and children in Florida. A special memory of Ray’s time spent with grandson Ryan was of Christmas Eve brunch at the Whistle Stop Restaurant followed by Christmas shopping for Kristen’s gift.
During COVID he turned his hand to homeschooling, running “papa school” for the kids. His expectations were high for perfectly formed letters and accuracy. Ray never lost his Connecticut Yankee ways.

Those wishing to remember Ray may make a donation to Ryan Rocks Outdoor Adventures for pediatric cancer patients in memory of his beloved grandson Ryan or to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Michigan in honor of his constant companion yellow lab, Angel.

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