OBITUARY

Onis Ray Miller

February 17, 1930May 30, 2019

Onis Ray Miller died peacefully at his home in Edmond, OK on the morning of May 30, 2019. He was 89. Onis was born in Hitchita, OK on Feb 17, 1930 to Sarah Council Frazier and James Melton Miller. Onis graduated from Hitchita High School as the Salutatorian. He left home the day after high school graduation with this little metal suitcase and $30.00 in his pocket. He applied and was hired by Mr. W.W. Lee (The Colonel), owner of Leeway Motor Freight, and employed as an office clerk. He was soon drafted and served with the 1st Marine Division, deployed to Korea in the 1950s. He was based at the far western end of I Corps, one of the most critical of the entire 8th Army line. This allowed the CB’s to complete the runways, making it possible to evacuate the frozen and injured soldiers of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. Upon returning from the Korean War he worked his way thru the ranks at Leeway Motor Freight while attending Oklahoma State University, and Harvard School of Finance. During Onis’ 31 years at Leeway he was promoted to Vice President of Operations of the Eastern half of the United States.

In 1980, using his excerpt abilities in operations management, Onis formed Frontier Express (FRXP) along with an amazing salesman, Matthew (Mat) Dallas. Together they formed D & M Distribution Services and Dallas Miller Logistics. In the 1990s both companies were recognized by Metro 50 as one of the fastest growing companies in the Oklahoma City area. Additionally, in 1991 winning the National Blue Chip Enterprise initiative program. This recognition came to the attention of the then Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller. She contacted Onis requesting his assistance. He interviewed, hired, and helped establish the Cherokee Police force and also helped with advising in business management issues. Onis further supported the transportation industries in Oklahoma by his membership in the Oklahoma Trucking Association and later by serving as President.

Onis is preceded in death by his first wife Joyce Alyne. Survived by wife Barbara Lee Miller of 29 years. Daughter Donna Witover, son Barry Miller and wife Marjorie, daughter Laura Sweatt and husband Steve, daughter Gaylien Lagasse and husband Todd, and son Andy Wylie. As well as 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

After semi retiring, Onis and his wife Barbara enjoyed RVing across the US, with repeated stops in Montana, Arizona and New Mexico. They established lifelong friendships with other snowbirds and RVers in their travels.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, June 7th 2019, at Crossings Community Church chapel, 14600 Portland Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, 73134.

Military Graveside Services will be held for family members and close friends, 11:00 am, Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 13313 N Kelley Ave., Oklahoma City, OK.

  • FAMILY

  • Onis is preceded in death by his first wife Joyce Alyne. Survived by wife Barbara Lee Miller of 29 years. Daughter Donna Witover, son Barry Miller and wife Marjorie, daughter Laura Sweatt and husband Steve, daughter Gaylien Lagasse and husband Todd, and son Andy Wylie. As well as 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, June 7, 2019

Memories

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David Ford

June 6, 2019

Just wanted to say, so sorry to hear and read about Onis. I alway thought a lot of him, and remember when I started working for Frontier Express at the old place. the memories of the flood and the snake and the wet vacs. A lot of good memories.

Again , just wanted to say that Linda and I have you in our prayers,

David Ford

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