OBITUARY

Eugene D. Miller III

December 28, 1942June 30, 2018

Eugene D. Miller III

Born in Chicago, IL on December 28, 1942

Parents; Eugene D Miller Jr and Annamae Douglas Miller

Born the 2nd of 6 children (Terry, Joan, Raine, Don, Jer)

In the early 60’s Gene’s interests included ownership of “Me & Gene’s”, a bar on the South Side of Chicago, and AHRA Drag Racing (US 30 dragstrip and the International Amphitheater in Chicago) where he held a couple of records in his class for several years.

In 1966 Gene entered the United States Marine Corps initially attending Boot Camp in Camp Pendleton, CA, then later Officers Candidate School and Officers Basic Training in Quantico, VA graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant.

In December 1967 he served in Vietnam where he earned a Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, 3 Purple Heart Medals, 4 Vietnam Service Medals, and the National Defense Service Medal. Over the next 11 years Gene traveled much of the world with the Marine Corps to include Quantico, VA, Ft Meade, MD, Camp Butler, Okinawa, Camp Lejeune, NC (which included sea tours in both the Mediterranean and Caribbean), Buffalo, NY, and finally Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington DC.

After departing the Marine Corps in 1979, he initially worked in private industry, but quickly returned to Federal Government service with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). After 3 years with FEMA, he again went into the restaurant business with ownership of Clarendon Station in Arlington, VA. It was during this time that he began making the countless friends that became such a big part of his life in later years. In 1989 he again returned to federal service working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Board of Veterans Appeals Office. In 2008 Gene retired for the last time after serving as the VA’s representative to the National Operation Center under Homeland Security.

Since retiring Gene moved to Madeira Beach, FL and has spent a great deal of time traveling. Gene was a life member of the VFW (3150), DAV (VA-10), and Military Order of the Purple Heart, as well as a member of the American Legion (85), Sons of the American Legion (177), Fraternal Order of Police (NOVA 35), Elks (2188), Knights of Columbus (2473), Eagles (4147), Amvets (FL-8), Moose (2168) Fleet Reserve, Marine Corps League, and the Old Dominion Boat Club.

Gene is survived by his best friend Bonnie Britten, sisters Joan (Don), Raine (Rich-deceased), and the late Terry McHale; Brothers Don (Maggie), and Jerry (Patricia); Godchildren Jim, Lyn, Christy and Amanda as well as numerous fantastic nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mass will be celebrated at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Arlington, VA, at 1:30 pm on October 16th, 2018. Following mass will be a viewing at Murphy’s Funeral Home in Arlington from 3-8pm. On Wednesday October 17th at 11:00 am, Gene will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Services

16 October

Funeral Mass

1:30 pm

St Agnes Catholic Church

1910 N Randolph St
Arlington, Virginia 22207

16 October

Visitation

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

17 October

Arlington National Cemetery Burial

11:00 am

Arlington National Cemetery

1 Memorial Dr
Arlington, VA 22211

REMEMBERING

Eugene D. Miller III

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Bee Edmund's Espy

September 16, 2018

Gene and Bonnie were the best friends my sister, Margie, could have ever asked for. I'll never forget a wonderful day we spent on the Potomac, eating crabs and laughing. Gene got us there and back; a magical day. There were so many other times, too. My love to Gene's family, and special love to dear Bonnie. Thank you for everything. Truly.

Matt Miller

September 16, 2018

Gene went out of his way to welcome me when I first moved to the area in 2006. He always had time when I had questions about the FOP/FOPA and the VFW. His leadership style was by example and his advice was always sound. He gave you the right answer and you always knew where you stood with him. He will be missed to say the least. His leadership legacy will live on with the FOP/FOPA and the VFW.

Matt Miller
Reston, VA

Rachel Watson

September 12, 2018

Gene will be missed! We were both from the south side of Chicago and connected instantly.

I will always be grateful that he hired me as a Law Clerk for the Board of Veterans Appeals!

We both stayed at work all day on 9/11 (holding video-teleconferences for veteran' appeals in two non-federal office buildings in Texas) and told me to come in the next day -no matter what.

I loved working with him and he was a great no-nonsense mentor. Praying that memories of Gene will comfort his family and friends.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY