Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN


Frederick Johnson MILLER

February 9, 1934September 13, 2019

Frederick Johnson Miller (Rick), a loving husband, father of two children, and grandfather, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019. Rick was born on February 9, 1934 in New Britain, CT to Fred and Eileen Miller. He earned an Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1954. He worked in Government civil service with the Department of the Navy in CA, MD and VA, and briefly worked for Northrop in Asheville, NC. In 1957, he married Barbara Reed. They raised two sons, Fritz and Kurt. When he retired from Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center, Rick and Barbara moved to Knoxville, TN. After the death of Barbara, Rick married Stephanie Carol Wayland.

He was a talented engineer and was extremely knowledgeable about the design of firearms and many weapons systems. He contributed to the design and manufacture of many systems that were put in use by the US military. He was a lifelong collector of firearms, a Bullseye and Silhouette pistol competitor, and spent many days at ranges.

He also enjoyed writing, was clever with words, and considered being an author and humorist. He had numerous published letters-to-the-editor in newspapers and magazines. He was known for his wit, his deep knowledge of many topics, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He loved to have a great conversation with a martini or scotch in his hand.

He is survived by his wife Stephanie, his two sons Fritz and Kurt (Laura), and a granddaughter Abby.

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Frederick Johnson MILLER

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September 26, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Stephanie. But I am glad you had the (14, is it?) happy years together that you did.

Karen Gilbert

September 22, 2019

Stephanie, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. I always enjoyed talking with Rick. He had a wit and charm about him that made for fun and interesting conversations. I know you will have so many wonderful memories of good times spent together. With love, Karen Gilbert

Claire Poole

September 22, 2019

I’m so sorry for your loss Stephanie.....I know you will miss him very much. I always enjoyed you both so much......❤️

Susan Linginfelter

September 19, 2019

Jim and I are so sad to learn of Rick’s passing. He will be missed by us and many other neighbors at Cherokee Bluff.