Obituaries

Donald W. Miller

U.S. Veteran

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Funeral Home Freitag Kenneth W Funeral Director

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at Olivet Cemetery in Pittsgrove Township on Saturday June 18th at 12 Noon with Rev. Dr. Jim Peterson officiating. Interment of cremated remains will take place immediately following the service. Written condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home website, freitagfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Miller's memory to the Centerton Fire Department, 64 Dealtown Road, Elmer, NJ 08318 or to the Rosenhayn Rescue Squad, PO Box 3623, Rosenhayn, NJ 08352.

Obituaries » Donald W. Miller

Donald W. Miller Deerfield Township, N.J. Donald Wright Miller Sr., 86, of Deerfield Twp. passed away Tuesday evening May 31, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. The husband of the late Lorraine J. Miller (nee Harris) who passed away in 1972, he was born in Bridgeton and was the son of the late William R. and Ida Miller (nee Derrickson). He served and was a machine gun unit leader in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant after 4 years of service. Following his military service, he worked as a tractor trailer driver for Cross Transportation, Progresso Foods and Venice Maid for many years. For over 10 years, he worked as the Director of the Road Department for Pittsgrove Township. Since 1969, Donald was a member of the Centerton Fire Department where he served as chief or assistant chief for 12 years and a Fire Commissioner for over 10 years. He was the first member of the Centerton Fire Department Quarter Century Club. He also was a member of the Emergency Management Team and was instrumental in designing and implementing the 911 system in Pittsgrove Township. Donald was also a life member of the Alloway Township Veterans Association. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, listening to old country music, playing horseshoes, raising chickens and growing vegetables in his garden and he was a CB radio enthusiast. He loved animals and enjoyed cats as well as his two Labrador Retrievers, “Poe” and “Coal B.” Donald enjoyed deer hunting in Salem County and in Maine. He was a long time member of the Palatine Gun Club in Warren Grove. He is survived by five children, Debra J. Dilks (Raymond) of Alloway, Donald W. Miller Jr. (Stephanie) of Deerfield Twp., Barbara L. McKelvey (Larry) of Alloway, Benjamin R. Miller (Holly) of Pittsgrove and Lori A. Lesher (David) of Deerfield Twp., 14 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, William R., Robert and Glendon Miller.