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Max B. Miller

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Max Miller
May 28, 1919-Dec. 10, 2016

Max B. Miller, age 97, a long-term resident of Park City, Utah and part-time resident of Ft. Mohave, Az. died on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

Max was a son of Hazen L. and Hazel Bridges. He was born in Wabash Co., Indiana on May 28, 1919, raised in Lagro, Indiana and graduated from Lagro High School in 1937. In 1950, he graduated from Tri- State College at Angola, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Soon after getting the Engineering degree, Miller was recalled into the U.S. Air Force at the start of the Korean War as a Captain serving as Commanding Officer of a C-119 Mobile Training Detachment. Prior to college he served seven years in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Army Air Force during, before, and after WWII, from 1940 to 1947.

Miller graduated from pilot training in July, 1942 as a S/Sgt. Pilot. He received training to fly the DC-3 and in January, 1943 he was privileged to fly his assigned "gooney bird" named "The Hoosier Traveler" to New Guinea.

At that time the new rank of "Flight Officer" was awarded to all S/Sgt. Pilots. He spent two years flying the South Pacific during which he accrued 115 combat missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and other campaign and occupation medals. He received a 1st Lt. promotion after returning from the South Pacific in December, 1944.

Miller married Dorothy Harris of Louisville, Kentucky in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 28, 1944. Dorothy died in August, 1974.

After his second tour of duty, Miller joined the Engineering Dept. with Ford Motor Company working 11 years in Louisville, Kentucky and 19 years in Salt Lake City, Utah, retiring in 1982. From 1964 until 1976 he lived in Bountiful, Utah. Then he moved to a ranch in Wasatch County, presently covered by the Jordanelle Reservoir. At that time (1989) he moved to Park City.

After retirement Miller's enjoyments revolved around fixing up the ranch, travel, golf, military and school reunions, mushroom hunting and bridge. He was a member of the Park City Community Church and the Park City Mountain Sports Club.

Max is survived by children Michael (Seattle), Steven (Park City), Susan Mantle (pre-deceased) and Sandra Biggs (Colorado), four grand-children, five great grandchildren, one brother and one sister.

Funeral Services will be held at the Park City Community Church, 45001 N. Hwy. 224, Park City, Utah, on Friday, December 16th at 2 p.m.
Published in The Park Record from Dec. 14 to Dec. 21, 2016
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