January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 1:00 P.M. Vernon Funeral Home
One hour prior
Ralph Gene Miller, 81, of Terra Haute, passed away Friday, January 22, 2010 at Springfield Manor in Springfield, Ohio.
He was born August 19, 1928 in Greenup County, Kentucky, the son of Estil B. and Agatha (Crowder) Miller.
Ralph served his county in the United States Navy from 1945 – 1949. He reenlisted in 1951 in the United States Air force and retired after 16 years in 1967. Ralph served in 3 wars, WWII, Korean and Vietnam. He also worked for 19 years for Pitney Bowes and finally retiring in 1987.
Ralph was member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Springfield. He belonged to the Air Force Association, Christian Motorcycle Association, Gold Wing Road Riders and the Retreads. Ralph’s biggest passion and hobby was his motorcycle.
He is survived by his wife, Rosamary (Biles), who he wed on Aug. 20, 1949; four children, Michael (Phyllis) Miller of Troy, Ohio, Shirley Ann Glover at home, Estil (Sue) Miller of Urbana, Ohio and Leo (Dawn) Miller of Lebanon, Ohio; 6 grandchildren, Heidi (Richard), Heather (Eric), Julie (Matt), Elizabeth, Kristy (David) and Brooks (Susann); 10 great grandchildren, Corrie, Nicole, Tyler, EJ, Lee, Shylow, Maya, Leah, Cassidy and Cooper; many nieces, nephews and friends; as well as two previous daughter-in-laws, Sarah and Nancy the mothers of his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Janet, Rosemary, brother and sister-in-law, Leo and Jo, son-in-law, Dwight Glover and a great grandson, Elijah.
Special thanks to the entire Staff of the Springfield Manor for the Care and Comfort provided to Ralph and our family for the last 2 years. You are all awesome and we couldn’t have asked for better care.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana with Pastor Mark Weatherman officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow in the Terre Haute Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
I know that time slips away so fast without us every realizing it is gone. I have often thought of Ralph and Rosie with a great amount of respect and caring. Until I did an internet search for them this morning I did not know that they had both passed away. It saddens me more then I can express that I did not stay in touch with them over the years even though I thought of them and their involvement in my life often. They were part of my life and I am so glad that they were. I hope that each and every one of their family that receives this email enjoyed them with as much passion as they could and I am sure that they loved each of you with the passion only they could exhibit.
Jim Fraley (Retired Pitney Bowes)