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Mr. Kenneth R. Miller, Sr., age 87, a retired Naval Aviator, died Sunday, August 26, 2018, in Serenity Place Hospice in Dublin, after a brief illness. He was born to the late Robert H. Miller and Eva Smith Miller of Boyertown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Collegeville-Trappe High School in Trappe, Pennsylvania in 1948 and attended the Academy of Aeronautics in Queens, New York. After graduation from there in 1950, he entered flight training in the United States Navy as an Aviation Cadet in Pensacola, Florida. After completion of flight training, he was awarded his Navy Wings of Gold and commissioned as an Ensign. He served as a Naval Aviator on several aircraft carriers such as The USS Princeton, USS Essex, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, various Naval Air Stations throughout the U.S. and Midway Island. He served during the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. At the age of 36, he was promoted to the rank of Commander. Commander Miller retired after twenty seven years of service at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. After his military career, he worked for a private airplane broker which he ferried private planes throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Before moving to Vidalia, he enjoyed his time living on St. Simons Island entertaining family and friends on vacations and at the beach. He loved to travel to various destinations whether by boat, car, or airplane; he was always ready for an adventure. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Brunswick, and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution at the local unit in Vidalia.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Connell Miller; five children, Gayle Harrell and husband Tim, Kenneth R. Miller, Jr. and wife Cindy, Karen R. Miller, Kimberly Straubinger and husband Brent, and Leisa Dukes and husband Oren; grandchildren, Jessica Miller Melone and husband Brian, Courtney Trkovsky and husband Jason, Erin Straubinger Tyre and husband Trent, Adam Straubinger and wife Caitlin, Anna Straubinger, Sarah Beth Miller, Justin Dukes, and Landon Dukes; four great-grandchildren, Audrey Miller, Robert and Connor Trkovsky, and Ryland Tyre, and one sister, Arlene Ziegler.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, August 30th at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home with Pastor Chester Proctor officiating. Burial will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery with Military Honors.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 201 South Main St., Suite A, Statesboro GA 30458.