YORK Russell F. Miller, 88, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014, at The Brunswick at Longstown. He was the husband of Iris C. (Cochran) Miller, who passed away February 7, 1999. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 1998. Born August 14, 1925, in Yonkers, N.Y., he was the son of the late Francis and Rachel (Stewart) Miller and stepson of the late Decima C. Miller. In 1943 he enlisted in the United Army Air Corps and served two 1/2 years in the Pilot Training program with the 618th Air Service Squadron during World War II. He was later recalled during the Korean War in the United States Air Force in 1950, serving two years as a Squadron Engineering Officer for the 17th Air Base Group of the 5th Air Force at K-9 Air Base in Pusan, Korea. Upon his discharge from the Air Force in 1952, Mr. Miller was hired as a Test Equipment Engineer at the Curtiss-Wright Corp in Woodridge, N.J., and supervised the assembly and activation of test cells for full scale jet engines for the United States Air Force. In addition, he designed and installed equipment for testing of jet engine components. He was part of the original group transferred by AMF from their offices in Greenwich, Conn., to York following the acquisition by AMF of the Naval Ordnance Plant on Whiteford Road in 1967. Prior to the transfer to the York Division, while at AMF he was Manager of Mechanical Engineering Department for the Titan I ICBM launcher program and oversaw the installation and activation of the 9 missile system in Denver, Colo., in the early 1960's. Other projects successfully conducted include Chief Engineer for Recreational Vehicles and development, and installation and activation of the All-Axis Motion Generator System for testing the Saturn launch vehicle umbilical system. Mr. Miller retired in 1985 from Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Milwaukee, Wis., after 28 years as Program Manager/Sr. Project Engineer for Big Twin motorcycles and had previously been program manager for Harley-Davidson Snowmobiles. During his career with Harley Davidson/AMF his accomplishments included the development of the belt drive transmission system, the 15 inch cast wheel, the Soft-Tail suspension system, and numerous other product improvements. Following Mr. Miller's retirement and the subsequent death of his wife, he relocated back to Pennsylvania in November 2000. He became a member of the Madison Ave Church of the Brethren, the Dallastown American Legion, and the Korean Veterans Association. Mr. Miller is survived by one son, Larry R. Miller and wife, Karen of Red Lion; two daughters, Linda R. Miller-Singh and husband, Rocky of Kingston, N.Y., and Susan L. Graff and companion, Mark Kmiecik of Germantown, Wis.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys M. Taylor. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 35 Gotham Place, Red Lion, was entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mental Health Assoc. of Southeastern PA, Attn: Donation Coordinator, 1211 Chestnut St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Send Condolences at BestLifeTributes.com
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on June 8, 2014
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