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Richard E. Miller
December 25, 1937 ~ October 27, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Richard E. Miller, 85, of Palmyra and formerly of Grantville, passed away Friday, October 27, 2023.
Born December 25, 1937 in Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County, he was a son of the late John and Edna (Ruhl) Miller and also preceded in death by a grandson Seth Moreland and siblings W. Ray Miller, Marvin Miller, June Wood and Betty Schamber.
Dick grew up outside of Harper's Tavern along what is now Old Jonestown Road. He would go to a one room schoolhouse before getting the choice to go to Palmyra or Hershey High Schools. He chose Hershey because they had an auto body vocational program. His freshman year he wrestled and played basketball hitching rides back home in the evenings. He would concentrate on the auto body program in later years and graduated in 1955 from Hershey High School.
Growing up across the street of an auto body shop, he would eventually open his own auto body business, Dick's Auto Body in Grantville. He would repair vehicles of all types and reasons with a few vehicle restorations later on.
A passion for cars having several growing up, fixing them up enough to go drag racing, he liked going to the old York airport and even drag racing 4 vehicles abreast. He would eventually drag race his 1979 Yahama 1100 once he had upgraded.
When not repairing vehicles, Dick took care of the large yard and swimming pool in the summer. He would eventually get into camping with a 24-foot travel trailer and many weekends were spent going between Locust Lake and Gifford Pinchot state parks with quite a few trips around Pennsylvania and further. He was the defacto campfire starter and keeper of the flame. He was also the breakfast chef for his family but wouldn't be a chef at home.
Having been interested in the car culture of the 50s and on, dirt track racing, drag racing, and eventually NASCAR would become a big part of his past time, with a lot of trips to the races. NASCAR fandom would result in a lot of memorabilia being purchased.
He joined the Army Reserves a few years after high school, signing up with a few friends. Being trained as a lineman but Dick ended up on a howitzer crew as the door and cord man. He would eventually be honorably discharged as a Sergeant.
People who knew him, would say he was a man of few words but his presence, love and support for his wife, children, and grandchildren were well known. When not working or camping, he could be found with his family playing games or with a TV remote in hand. He also started the Miller Reunion and became the grill master of hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch and dinner.
He will be deeply missed by many and carried in the hearts of many forever.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years Virginia A. (Bosworth) Miller; children Stephen Miller, Richard E. Miller (Patti) and Shelly R. Miller; grandchildren Briana Moreland (fiancé Paul Blanner), Bret Miller, Elizabeth Miller and Alexander Miller.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Buse Funeral Home, 145 North Grant Street, Palmyra preceded by a viewing beginning at 9:00 AM. Interment will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Palmyra.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to PA Wounded Warriors, 1013 Mumma Road, Suite 203, Wormleysburg, PA 17043 or 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue, PO Box 549, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.