MILLER , Dyson (Dyke)|
Dyson Ramsey Conklin Miller, age 77, a resident of Austin since 1981 and a decorated Vietnam Veteran, passed away on Fri, 25 Oct, 2013 at Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, TX following complications from a bone marrow transplant.
Dyke, as most knew him, was born May 4, 1936 in Omaha, NE, the second son of Dorothy Ramsey Miller and J. Reginald C. Miller, an Army lawyer and WWII Veteran.
His early childhood years were spent moving around with his newly commissioned soldier Dad. Dyke recalled going to six different schools in the first grade between Omaha and Washington, D.C. The family moved to the Panama Canal Zone for two years beginning in 1946.
Dyke attended high school in Falls Church, VA, and graduated Benson HS in Omaha, NE where his family moved following the death of his father. Dyke entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1956 on appointment from Senator Roman Hruska, NE. Graduating in 1960, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army Armor Branch. He retired in 1981 from the tank automotive command in Detroit, MI as a Lieutenant Colonel. His most rewarding assignments were as a young Captain in Vietnam, as an Engineering Instructor at the Military Academy, as a battalion Commander in the 1st Cavalry Division and as the Deputy System Engineer XM-1 (M1) Tank Project Manager's Office. He was proud of many engineering changes made to the M1 tank with which he was involved. The tank "proved" its value in the 1st and 2nd Gulf wars. His decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for Valor and Bronze Star for Meritorious Service with two clusters, the Air Medal with eight clusters, the Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
He received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Alabama and graduated from the Army's Command and General Staff College.
Dyke enjoyed sixteen years of employment with the IBM Corporation in Austin, retiring in 1996. He was a Staff Engineer and Manager involved with manufacturing of printed circuit boards and the AS400 scientific computer system. He received a Divisional Award for the establishment of a career personnel management program for Quality Assurance Technical Associates in the Systems Technology Division.
Following full retirement, Dyke engaged in supporting his family, being a care provider along with his wife for their daughter, physically disabled at the age of 30, part time employment with the Enterprise Rental Car Organization, and actively serving his beloved church, St Matthew's Episcopal, at the parish and Diocesan levels and the Cursillo community.
Dyke is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jill Patricia; children Michele (Douglas) Osemlak of Newaygo, MI and Dana (Daniel) Aach of Oxford, MI; brother Col. James R.C. Miller, Ret (Mary Ann) of Alexandria, VA; sister Patricia (John) McGill of Waverly, NE; Brothers and Sisters-in-law, William (Carole) Dalness of Santa Fe, NM and Dr. John (Carlyn) Dalness of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren Justin, Russell, Violet and Autumn; great grandchildren Alexis, Wesley, Ace and Gracie; Uncle, H. B. Ramsey, Jr. and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his second oldest daughter, Holly Marie.
A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at 3 pm on Sunday, November 3 with committal following in the Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Permanent Endowment Fund, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (8134 Mesa Dr., Austin, TX 78759).
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2013