OBITUARY

Jack V. Miller

June 6, 1927November 10, 2020

“How’re you doing, Jack?” “Oh, fair to middlin,” was Jack V Miller’s stock response. We’ll all miss his ever-pleasant outlook & his ready supply of jokes, a lost art form. Jack was born on 6/6/1927 in Titusville FL. He remained strong till just this last year when his health & strength ‘dismayed him.’ He accepted that in the fullness of time he could expect to transition over the horizon just out of our sight. Peacefully at 93 years old on 11/10/2020 Jack & his wife Barbara were together just after sunrise for this. He married Barbara 31 years ago & was a vital force in her extensive rollicking bunch who rightfully adored their ‘Grandpa Jack.’ Jack knows his stalwart son Gerard Jack Miller, now in Houston, Texas, will heal with the love of his wife Debra Ann Miller. Jack’s sister & best friend, Leah Kathleen Miller in Jacksonville FL will have over seven decades of happy memories from which to draw sustenance & strength. Sadly Jack was predeceased by his artistic son Richard Edward Miller much too young in his 30’s. So many, many old & new friends mourn his passing & hold dear the memory of his warmth & friendship. Yet even more have certainly cheered him a hearty welcome: his late father Jack V Miller & mother Doris Estelle Miller Burch, sister Patricia Ann Miller Gingrich, brother Jerry Mack Miller, his Aunt Leah Miller Conley & husband Uncle Richard Conley, & all of Jack’s extended family with hardy southern roots, plus so many, many friends whose lives he quietly enriched. He always described the spot he would drift toward in heaven. “Look for a vineyard with a nice tree to sit under near a cheerful creek.” He spoke often of “the stillness there & those sunsets, sunsets like you just can’t imagine.” With his energy now restored you can bet he’s rambling ‘round with his signature long-legged gait, a walking stick, & that ain’t-life-grand smile. During WWII as did so many young men, Jack’s mother signed for his desire to enlist in the US Navy: 8/17/1944 – 4/5//1948 as a Water Tender & he saw action in the Asiatic Theater. He also served during the Korean Conflict in the US Air Force from 2/5/1951 – 10/17/1958 Staff Sergeant. (2/5/1951 – 2/4/55 & 4/22/55 – 10/17/1958) Jack worked without a lapse for fifty years almost to the month! He was at Cape Canaveral in the glory days of launches with Northrup Grumman, Autonetics, North American, & General Electric; then was with the Test Program Division of NARF USNAS in Jacksonville FL, Gay Electric in Titusville FL, Union Carbide in Oak Ridge TN, & retired after his favorite job as an Electronics Technician with the FAA in Hilliard FL, San Juan PR, & Miami FL.

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Gary Forehand

November 29, 2020

It was a pleasure and an honor to know Jack Miller. We worked together at Miami International Airport in the FAA air traffic control tower automation unit. I loved his great sense of humor, his quick wit and the pearls of wisdom he freely bestowed. Jack’s even temper in the midst of stress and change was remarkable. I think he steered a steady course through life. Jack, and his lovely wife Barbara, will always be part of me, and for that I’m truly grateful.

Diane Jay

November 21, 2020

I remember their first date like it was yesterday.. my Mother was as giddy as a school girl. Jack the Poet, would cherish and adore Barbara until the very end. We all fell under his wonderful spell. With his gentle spirit , he lovingly showered his wisdom on us all. His family was truly blessed with his generosity and kindness. I especially will miss the jokes and cherish our talks. Rest In Peace my special friend , you will be missed. Diane Louise xoxoxo and family

William A. Foster

November 12, 2020

In 1929-30 our mothers allowed Jack & I to play in a sandpit located between our homes in Indian River City,Fl. Thus was born a friendship that lasted about 90 years. Tho I had 7 siblings Jack was my first friend outside the family. Despite obligations such as naval service for both separating us ,we remained close friends. More one cannot ask for in this life. Rest in peace old friend,see you soon. W.A. "Bill" Foster

Todd Clark

November 12, 2020

I will fall short of describing how great a man Jack was but to myself ,wife and 4 boys ,he was the greatest. My wife and I first met him on a double date dinner at my Moms apt. I saw her listened to, hugged held and Loved for the first time in a long time. You heard of this man, you wanted to meet him. You meet this man, you befriended him. You got to know him , you loved him. He was an electronics kind of guy, but every bit of an outdoorsman that I was. I took him to my Cabin in the “Cypress” and he was drawn to the pitcher pump. With a couple of pumps and a splash to the face, he said “ Plumbed straight to childhood”! He didn’t know how good he was for our Mom and Family . He just wanted to be better, his Love for my Mom was impressive. Jack was simply a great man. He wasn’t competing for any title. In his later days I often let him know how greatful I was for his presence, and I Loved him dearly. I also let him know how much he meant to his grandchildren, And how good he was to us. His response with a tear “It wasn’t hard, it takes work do anything else”. Jack did his generation proud. Jack was a peaceful man passing peacefully the day before Veterans Day. Kelley and I will always cherish our times we had with him. My Life is certainly better because of him.

Dennis Sytsma

November 12, 2020

I first met Jack working for FAA I think circa 1985 at Miami International airport. I have photos and videos of those days working together for FAA. I first met Barbara circa 1980 working for FAA. We worked Hurricane Andrew recovery circa 1992 and remained in touch over the years. I will miss Jack's booming voice and his friendship until we meet again in Heaven.

Caiden Woodard

November 12, 2020

I remember whenever Grandpa Jack was around and at parties , he would always share his stories and experiences throughout his life. He would always forget he told me his stories but I was always more than happy to hear them again and again and again. I loved spending time with him whenever I could. It was sort of a release I guess you could call it. We talked about so much together and we compared our art and our experiences in life and he gave me advice and wisdom. He always said I had much to learn and I believed him. I have so much to learn still. And I thank him for telling me all he did. I’ll miss him and his cheery personality greatly.

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