Capt. Raymond Lee Miller, USN (Retired) July 26, 1926 July 23, 2014 Raymond (Ray) Miller, 87, passed away peacefully, July 23, 2014, at the Fairways at Brookline. Born and raised in Berkley, Michigan, son of Clyde and Goldie Miller, and brother to William. Ray was a career Navy man, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949, and the University of Michigan in 1956 with a Master's in Aeronautical Engineering. Ray fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a Navy pilot, flying P2 and P3 aircraft. Ray retired from a distinguished career as a Navy captain in 1974. After Ray's retirement, he worked as an analyst and manager for Navy warfare programs with Vought Aerospace Corporation until1984. Still feeling he had much to give to society, Ray began his long career of volunteering with the Dallas County Court system and Police Department in: Texas. Ray moved to State College in 2006 and joined the Brookline retirement community after the death of his beloved wife, Norma, who he shared his adventures with for 55 years. Ray, and his family, were extremely proud of his life-long service to this country. In the words of President John F. Kennedy, spoken August 1, 1963 at the U.S. Naval Academy graduation, "I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy"'. Ray was an exceptional father, role model and human being. He lived his life with, integrity and humility. He will be sorely missed by his family,Pam (Mark) McLaren of Boalsburg, Jan (John) Kleindl of Midland, Virginia, three grandsons (John, James, Jake) and three great-grandsons (Brody, Jaxson,Gannon). Ray will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Ray's family would like to thank all the staff at the Brookline retirement community where Ray received loving and compassionate care for the past seven years. An on line guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on July 27, 2014