HAMPTON - Edward Russell Miller, 72, of Hampton, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in the Newton Medical Center. The son of the late Edward and Mary (McNally) Miller, he was born and raised in Manhattan, N.Y. Edward had attended the St. Elizabeth Grammar School on Broadway in Manhattan and the Xavier Military High School until his senior year, moving to New Jersey and graduating from the St. Cecilia's High School.
Edward attended St. Peter's College in Jersey City before enlisting in the U.S. Navy
in 1962. Mr. Miller completed his basic training and was the Honor Man at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He later served on Whidbey Island and most of his term on Midway Island.
Following the Navy, Edward served in the Reserves for seven more years and began working as a mechanic with the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Later he worked for the North Jersey Transfer Inc., Condit Motors as well as being self-employed.
Edward was an outgoing man with a sense of humor. He enjoyed conversations and went out of his way to help people. A member of the VFW
of Goshen, N.Y., he also enjoyed working in the pit at the racetrack. An unconventional jokester, he lived his life adventurously.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Barbara (Leek); his daughter, Carol, and her husband, David DeRitter, of Manville; stepdaughter, Cathy, and her husband, Walter Gessner; stepsons, Alex, and his wife, Cindy Klein, Bill, and his wife, Danielle Klein, and Tom, and his wife, Laura Klein; as well as his sister, Joan, and her husband, Tom Sudol; and family members, Diana Vander Pas, Meg Miller, his 21 grandchildren, who called him "Pop Pop," as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main St. (Route 206), Newton. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mrs. Barbara Miller. Online condolences may be offered through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com