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Marion "Keith" Miller

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Marion "Keith" Miller Obituary
Marion "Keith" Miller

AGE: 87 • Brick

Keith passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 24 at Ocean Medical Center. He was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri. Keith would often reminisce about how his youth was filled with adventures similar to those experienced by Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer in Mark Twain's novels.

He joined the apprentice program in the U.S. Navy in 1947 and served for 3 years during the Korean War. He rose to the rank of Aviation Structural Mechanic Petty Officer 3rd class. Keith embraced Navy life, which gave him structure, mechanical training, discipline, and lifelong friends. He was stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Lakehurst where he worked for the Navy's "Lighter than Air" program for overhaul and repair as a rigger and helium diver. He was also an aircraft erection mechanic at Lakehurst.

While stationed in Lakehurst, Keith met his true love, Priscilla Sargent. Shortly after, they were married at the Cathedral of the Air. He and his wife resided in Lakewood before moving to Brick in the early 1950s. Keith and Pat were lucky to share many laughs and memories with friends and family in their home for over 60 years.

He worked for many years within management at Phelps Dodge, which eventually became affiliated with Alcatel. Keith was driven to better himself. He completed continuing education at Rutgers University receiving a certificate for Inventory Control Management and a certificate for Effective Production Planning and Inventory Management at UPenn's Wharton School of Business.

He was a proud Master Mason who remained close to the fraternity throughout his years. Keith was a man of strong faith. He belonged to the First Baptist Church Of Laurelton where he had served on the Board of Advisors and as one of the cemetery caretakers. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Point Pleasant Beach Elks Club.

Keith was predeceased by his parents, Carson and Edna; his brother, Harold; his sister, Ruth; and his son-in-law John. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Priscilla; his daughter, Regina and his grandchildren, James and Demetra Dooros; his brother, Gerald; and many other relatives and dear friends.

On Sunday May 28, relatives and friends are invited to visit from 2-4 pm with a memorial service starting at 4 pm at the First Baptist Church of Laurelton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Laurelton, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or a in his honor.
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 27, 2017
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