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Obituary: Miller, Raymond Edgar

Sun., July 21, 2013

MILLER, Raymond Edgar (Age 92) Of Spokane, died peacefully and quietly on Sunday, July 14 at Cottage in the Meadow in Yakima.

Ray was born on a wheat ranch near Sprague, Washington to Charles and Marie (Wallace) Miller.

He is preceded in death by brother Daniel, sister Margaret, and half brother Keith; he is survived by sister RosaLee.

His mother Marie died following childbirth when he was ten years of age and he was raised by his step-mother Alice (Branscom) Miller.

Ray attended Eastern Washington University where he met his wife-to-be Margaret Morris of Portland.

He graduated in 1942 and joined the Marines as an officer during World War II on Samoa in the South Pacific.

Returning from the War, he married Margaret and moved to Portland, Oregon.

He joined the International Harvester Co’s truck parts division representing the company’s truck parts to International dealers throughout the Northwest.

During his career with International, he and Margaret lived in Yakima and Spokane.

Following his retirement from International he worked for Interstate Truck Parts in Spokane.

Upon a “final” retirement at age 70, he volunteered to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity, taught English to immigrants through the Spokane Adult Education Program, and worked with the Marine’s Toys for Tots program.

Ray seemed especially proud of learning to become an electrician during his volunteer service to Habitat.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Miller of Yakima; a sister, RosaLee Litzenberger, of Sun City, Arizona; two daughters, Colleen Miller of Portsmouth, Virginia and Kristi Clemmons of Yakima: two sons, Craig Miller of Sacramento, California and Carl Miller of Spokane; three grandchildren, Jeff Brice, and Amanda, and five great-grandchildren, Alecsander, Madison, Makenzie, Logan, and Bailey.

No public services are planned.

KEITH & KEITH FUNERAL HOME in Yakima, WA is handling the arrangements


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