June 16, 1943 – February 7, 2018
Ray Dee Miller was born June 16, 1943 in Wendell, Idaho to Fred and Bernice Strong Miller. He was a fiery boy who loved the outdoors and had a lot of work to do with the cows on the farm. He had three sisters; Betty, Marilyn, and Shirley and two brothers; Floyd and Dick. He started school in Tuttle and graduated from Hagerman High School in 1961. After high school, Ray headed to Moscow to become an Idaho Vandal. He joined the Air Force through ROTC on August 28, 1966. The Air Force took him to Alabama where he met his wife, Gene Ann Callahan. They were wed on July 31, 1967. Together, they had three wonderful children and many grand adventures in places like Germany, Belgium, The Pentagon and Virginia. Ray retired from the Air Force as a Colonel, after a highly decorated career in the Tactical Air Command, on September 1, 1992 in Langley, Virginia. He and Gene became active supporters of Animal Aid Society, Grace Church and Virginia Tech Hokies. After a short battle with cancer, Gene passed away on August 24, 2004. After Gene passed, Ray continued working and being a very active member of the community. He cared deeply for his truly wonderful friends and his incredible neighbors and the strong bonds they each formed, in particular his long-time friend Becky Walker. He retired in 2014 and was finally persuaded to move to Murphy, TX in June 2017, to be near his children and grandchildren. They are all grateful for the past 8 months together. His peanut butter crackers will be sorely missed by his pal, Murphy the dog, along with his morning Starbucks chats with Joanne, and his evening ‘council of the elders’ visits with Derek and Troy. Being a morning person all his life, he passed away the morning of February 7, 2018. He is survived by his son Derek and his wife, Catt, his son, Troy, his daughter, Joanna and his six fabulous grandkids- Jessi, Sado, Mateo, Sara, Alan and Dalton and his sister Marilyn and her husband, Charles, his sister Shirley and her husband Mike and his brother, Dick and his wife, Cyndi. A graveside service will be held at the Wendell Cemetery later in the year.