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Ralph E. Miller

Died: Saturday, November 09, 2002
Grosse Pointe Park resident Ralph E. Miller, 78, passed away at his home on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, after a six-month struggle with cancer.

Born in 1923 in Detroit, Mr. Miller graduated from Southeastern High School and Wayne State University. He served in the U.S. Army as an electrician in Greenland during World War II.

Mr. Miller enjoyed a 33-year career as a soap salesman for the Proctor & Gamble Distributing Co. The highlight of his career was in 1968, when he was voted "Salesman of the Year" by the Associated Food Dealers of Greater Detroit.

After his retirement, Mr. Miller worked for Eastside Locksmiths and enjoyed repairing bicycles at home.

He taught Sunday School at Knox Presbyterian Church, which he attended for almost 60 years.

He also sold Bibles for the Kirkbridge Bible Co.

Mr. Miller played the accordion by ear, and his seven children are accomplished musicians in the Detroit area.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Millicent; his children, Ralph (Yvonne), Milton, Paul (Theresa), Donald (Rhonda), Laurie (David) Strachan, John (Debra) and Roger; and his grandchildren, Kristen, Claire, Kate, Abigail, Sarah, Matthew, John, Richard and Ana Miller and Libby and Matthew Strachan.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church in Harrison Township.

Interment is at the Fort Custer National Cemetery near Battle Creek.

Memorial contributions may be made to Knox Sunday School, 25700 Crocker, Harrison Twp., MI 48045 or Bon Secours Hospice.
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