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Updated: 02/16/2014 08:00:01AM

Ray W. Miller

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Retired Lt. Col. Ray W. Miller, 87, began his flight with eagles Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 22, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ray entered the U.S. Army Air Corps as an enlisted member, and was a crew chief, and then received his commission through the Air Cadet Training Program, and got his pilot wings. He was a pilot in the B-29, F-86, B-47 and the B-52. Ray Served in World War II, the Korean War, and flew during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ray retired with 22 years of active service, and went on to a second successful career with the Federal Aviation Administration.

He married Ruth White, and they celebrated 64 years of wonderful marriage and raised five children. Ray and Ruth moved from Long Island, N.Y., to Florida, and became full-time residents of Harbor Isles in 1986 in North Port, Fla., and have enjoyed an active retired life. They were fantastic role models for a successful marriage, because all children have been married at least 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; five children, Sharon, Stephen, Thomas, Douglas and Jeanne; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Interment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla.

Arrangements are by National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, Fla.

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