Mr. Teddy Ray Miller, 88, longtime Oglesby area resident, died at 9:10 A.M. on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Muskogee.
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Funeral services for Mr. Miller will be held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Hillside Christian Church in Nowata with Mr. Ben Killion officiating. Interment will be in the Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded by the James H. Teel American Legion Post # 105. Funeral services and interment are under the direction of the Stumpff-Nowata Funeral Home.
The Miller family will receive guests at the Stumpff-Nowata Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M.
Memorial funds have been established and those who wish may send their contributions to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 491, Dewey, Oklahoma, 74029 or to the Claremore Veterans Center, P.O. Box 988, Claremore, Oklahoma, 74018-0988.
Mr. Miller was born at Leonard, Oklahoma on July 18, 1924 the son of Fred and Dora N. (Booker) Miller. He grew up and received his education in the Oglesby area. In August 1942 he joined the United States Navy serving on the minesweeper USS Salute AM-294. The Salute served in five major World War II battles. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained when his ship hit a mine and then received his Honorable Discharge on October 6, 1945. Mr. Miller married Virginia Margaret Smith after leaving the service in 1945 They made their home in Los Angeles where their daughter was born, San Antonio, and then Nowata. Mrs. Miller preceded him in death on May 21, 1949. Mr. Miller returned Oglesby. Over the years he started and sold several successful businesses in the Bartlesville area. He also made his home in Wichita, Kansas for six months while working for Boeing Aircraft. After returning to Oglesby in 1953, he worked in the oil field before driving for Major Leasing transporting vehicles and truckloads of dynamite to Phillips location. Phillips Petroleum Company employed him as a Road Fabric Technician laying Petromat in highway construction projects throughout the United States. He progressed into the Petromat management before retiring from Phillips and becoming the owner of the Petromat business. After selling the business he continued as a consultant, performing his last project at the age of 76. Mr. Miller also raised cattle, was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and an avid camper. He was married to Barbara Lee Beerman on June 7, 1949 and she preceded him in death on January 8, 2008.
Mr. Miller is survived by one daughter, Carol Ann Randall and her husband Billy Ray of Talala, two sisters, Margaret Palmire and husband John of Pipe Creek, Texas, and Jewel Reeve of Chetopa, Kansas, one granddaughter, Kim Cox and husband Chris of Edmond, one grandson, Tim Randall of Grand Lake, and three great grandchildren, Dianne Armstrong, Robert Armstrong and Samuel Benjamin Cox. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Fred Miller Jr., Ed Miller, Elbert Miller and Johnny Miller.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Apr. 2 to May 1, 2013