Richard T. "Dick" Miller

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Richard T. "Dick" Miller, also known as husband, father, grandfather, and best friend, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Father's Day, June 21, 2015. Dick was the only child of the late Cora Vezinau Miller and Earl Thomas Miller, born in Detroit on Sept. 2, 1932. He attended Barber Hall Jr. Military Boarding School, and went on to graduate from Beaverton High School. Dick attended Michigan State University, majoring in Hotel Restaurant Management. After two years, he decided to pursue his love of cooking rather than management.

Dick was drafted into the Army during the Korean conflict, where he worked as a chef for the Officer's Club. After his tour of duty, he continued to work as a chef in many major restaurants, including his parent's tavern. When he returned to the area in 1953, he started working at The Dow Chemical Co. while pursuing real estate sales.

Dick and his dad opened Strout Realty, and then later joined Ketels Realty. In his early years in real estate, he also ran bowling alleys in Midland. When Ketels Realty closed, Dick started Miller-Christensen Real Estate with Vern and Gwen Christensen, where they had offices in Midland, Beaverton, Sanford, Grayling, Auburn and Mount Pleasant. Dick advanced his expertise in commercial real estate, where he was instrumental in developing much of the city of Midland we know today, including the fast food franchises of Pizza Hut and McDonalds. In 1983, Miller Christensen became a part of Coldwell Banker and then merged with two other companies in 1990 to become Coldwell Banker Alliance Group. With over 50 years in the real estate business, Dick retired at 80 years old.

Dick always said that "the greatest day of his life" was the day he married Loretta Niedbala on Sept. 14, 1957. They raised four children, Natalie (Tom) Chase, Cristie (George) Boyle, Greg (Sue) Miller and Mark (Maria) Miller. Dick loved to spend time with his seven grandchildren, especially at the "hunting cabin." Over the years, Dick was extremely active in the community (Chamber of Commerce Past President, Elks club, Kiwanis-30+ year member, American Legion, Midland Economic Development Council), church (charter member of Blessed Sacrament, 4th degree member Knights of Columbus) and real estate (Home Builders Association, MSHDA commissioner, Realtor's Land Institute, MAR, RPAC, State Board of Realtors-Realtor of Year).

Dick will be remembered by his family, friends and colleagues as a hardworking, fun loving man who never gave up in life. It's time to rest now Dick.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Mass to celebrate his life will take place 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, from the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Midland, with Fr. Kevin Maksym officiating. Dick's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Chapel, 1200 West Wheeler Street in Midland on Thursday, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and at the church on Friday, from 9 a.m. until the Memorial Mass. Knights of Columbus will pray the Rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Knights of Columbus, The Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation or the Toni & Trish House.


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Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home - Midland
1200 W. Wheeler St
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 631-2292
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Published in Midland Daily News from June 22 to June 23, 2015
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