Kenneth R. Miller Sr., 87, a retired naval aviator, died Sunday, Aug. 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, Pa. He graduated from Collegeville-Trappe High School in Trappe, Pa., in 1948 and attended the Academy of Aeronautics in Queens, N.Y. After graduation from there in 1950, he entered flight training in the United States Navy as an aviation cadet in Pensacola, Fla. 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 and 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. Cmdr. Miller retired after 27 years of service at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla.
After his military career, he worked for a private airplane broker for whom 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 was held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home, with Pastor Chester Proctor officiating.
Burial, with military honors, followed in Pinecrest Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Greg Nelms, Mike Manning, Andrew Morris, Cam Reagin, Homer Waller, Don Brantley, Tommy Connell, Bobby Connell, Glenn Goode and Reece Thompson.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 4849 Paulson St., Suite 102, Savannah GA 31405.
Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home, of Vidalia, was in charge of the arrangements.