Donald Ernst "Duck" Miller, 67, of Manchester, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Tampa, Florida, after a battle with cancer and heart complications.
Born Jan. 21, 1947, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Charles Jacob Miller Sr. and Clara Johanna Ernst Miller. He was the husband of Carol Lynn Smith Miller, his wife of nearly 44 years.
Raised in Hampstead, he graduated from North Carroll High School in 1965. After six years of dating, he married his high school sweetheart on Sept. 5, 1970. He served in the Army
Reserve for six years. From his high school days through his retirement decades later, he worked for and was a long time co-owner of C.J. Miller, the family business founded by his parents in 1959.
When not working, he enjoyed spending time with family, traveling to the Caribbean, and quenching his never-ending thirst for knowledge. He was a member of St. Mark's United Church of Christ in Hampstead.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children and spouses Daryl Vincent Miller and fiancee Deanna Peters, Dr. Danielle Lynn Miller and husband Dr. Benjamin Biebel, who are expecting his future grandson, and Dayton Lee Miller and wife Maria Camacho; a brother, Paul David Miller; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Charles Jacob "Buck" Miller Jr.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 3296 Charmil Drive, Manchester.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's United Church of Christ in Hampstead.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mark's United Church of Christ, 1616 Cape Horn Road, Hampstead, MD 21074; the ASPCA, www.aspca.org
; or the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Online condolences may be offered at www.eckhardtfuneralchapel.com
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