Richard F. Miller, age 85, of Marysville, CA, passed away peacefully Sunday evening on October 23, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bakersfield, CA on December 18, 1930 to Audimarie Wooten and Wade Wilson and later adopted by Fred Miller. At the age of 18, he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Coral Sea during the Korean War. After his discharge, he remained in Texas and joined the Corpus Christi Police Department where he served in many capacities and retired as captain Miller. During several hurricanes, he was in charge of Corpus Christi's food and water supply. Detective magazines wrote articles about his diligence in solving crimes. He had a couple of county western bands and played in the south Texas area. Also, he was a masterful small business entrepreneur.
After retirement from the police department, he was hired as a safety engineer for a large oil drilling company. In addition, he became president of an investment firm and traveled regularly to Europe. But always, he was an avid sportsman, deer hunter, and guide. Later, he moved back to his beloved California.
Richard was the cherished husband of Beverly Miller, wonderful father to Pamela Post (Glenn), Valerie Burdine (Glenn), deceased son, Rick Miller and a fine stepfather to Cindy Herington and Eddy Adams. He was a great grandfather to two awesome grandchildren: Richard Miller and Melissa Martin. He is survived by his best friend and brother Thomas (James) Miller, sister-in-law Pat Miller, sister, June West, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family plans a private service at a later date. Special thanks to the staff at Rideout Regional Memorial Center for their compassion.
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Oct. 27, 2016