COLUMBUS — Charles Richard “Dick” Miller passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, while in the care of Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
Dick was born Charles Richard Miller on Aug. 16, 1939, to Charles Henry Miller and Elsie Bushong Miller Ridenbaugh.
Dick was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He began his military career on Oct. 10, 1957. Following basic training he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. During his career he trained as a weapon’s mechanic. This path took him to Germany, Korea and Okinawa, Japan. He left military service on Oct. 9, 1963, with the rank of Private First Class.
After leaving military life he worked at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., Bud Martin Chevrolet and eventually retired from NAPA Automotive Supplies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Henry Miller and Elsie Bushong Miller Ridenbaugh; and his mother- and father-in-law, Dale and Helen Maye Yarman.
Dick is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Bettie Kaye (Yarman) Miller, whom he married on Dec. 2, 1962; a daughter, Tammie Lee Miller of Fredericktown; a son, Micheal Trent Miller (Melissa) of Fredericktown; brother-in-law, Roger (Kathy) Yarman of Gambier; niece, Amanda and Michael Coronado of Colorado; niece, Sara Carver of Mount Vernon; nephew, Scott Yarman of Mount Vernon; niece, Nicole and Aaron Kimmer of Chesterville, along with numerous great-nieces and nephews; special friends, Mark, Tammy and Alyssa Perkins and James Phillips; and beloved family pets, Sir Jax McGuire, Toby and Kenzie.
He was a devoted husband and father. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family who he loved dearly. He also was an avid sports fan, enjoyed riding his Gold Wing motorcycle with friends, attending car races and woodworking.
The family will welcome friends during calling hours today from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. Pastor Roger Tickle will officiate the service.
Donations can be made to the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus. Private expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Charles Richard “Dick” Miller.