Richard L. Miller


Richard L. Miller, 86, of North Vernon, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at his home.

Born May 9, 1929, in North Vernon, he was the son of Clyde and Nanny Wood Miller, both of whom preceded him in death. On May 7, 1949, he married Wilma Jean Alexander who preceded him in death Dec. 27, 2015.

Rich retired from the railroad in 1989 after 40 years working as a brakeman. He was a member of United Transportation Union-C, and was named Railroader of the Year in 1988. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, enjoyed playing cards and was an avid collector of railroad memorabilia.

Survivors include three daughters, Janet (Don) Henry of Scipio, Linda (Jon) Passmore of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Judy (Bob) Watts of North Vernon; son, Richard (Sue) Miller of Greeneville, Tennessee; three sisters-in-law, Shirley Alexander of North Vernon, Ruth Miller of Seymour and Bo Miller of North Vernon; brother-in-law, Robert Alexander; 13 grandchildren, Chris Henry, Matt Henry, Ali (Chris) LaFlamme, Clint Wilhoit, Wendy (John) Baker, Victoria Passmore, Anthony Passmore, Shanan (Jason) Orrock, Sharon (Patrick) Norris, Jake Miller, Megan Traylor, Travis (Ana) Watts and Justin (Lisha) Watts; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Ruth Marie Miller; two brothers, Clarence and Dale Miller; and a sister, Martha Coquerille.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service with the Rev. Joe Wyatt officiating. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday.

Memorials may be made to First United Church Building Fund or Schneck Hospice.

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