Michael Gregor Miller of Cuba, Missouri was born Monday, March 31, 1958 at Glen Burnie, Maryland to Clarence M. Jr. and Mary Louise (nee Van Houten) Miller and passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the age of 62 years.
Mike, as he was known by, retired November 1, 2001 after a 20-year career in the United States Marine Corp. Mike retired as Major Miller. He was a pilot HMH CH-53E for 16 years and seven months. He also served as Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Officer of nine years and two months.
Mike earned the Rifle Expert Badge (4th awd), Pistol Sharpshooter Badge, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, navy and Marine Corps Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2nd awd), National Defense Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Certificate of Commendation, Letter of Appreciation (4th awd), Letter of Commendation, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal.
After retirement, Mike made his spring, summer and fall home in Cuba, Missouri at the farm, which he genuinely enjoyed being a farmer. During the winter, he lived on his boat at Costal Breeze, Florida. As Mike would say “Be sure to go to Blue Fish Red Fish” to anyone going to Costal Breeze.
Mike enjoyed planting a large garden every spring. He would share his vegetables with the Cuba Food Pantry, neighbors, and many friends. Mike was a member of the Amazing Grace Community Church.
Mike spent years volunteering for the Red Cross. He served the Red Cross for 16 years in Florida and Missouri. He knew how to set up shelters, food banks and was incredibly detailed oriented in everything he did.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence M. Miller Jr.; mother, Mary Louise and husband Herbert Ruwwe; and two brothers, Mark Andrew Miller and Jeff Miller.
He is survived by his brother, Monte Miller of Escondido, California; nephews, Jeffrey and wife Jennifer Miller of Bremerton, Washington, Brett and wife Alejandra Miller of Murrieta, California and Austin and wife Kimberly Miller of Escondido, California; great nieces and nephews, Sally, Henry, Lucas, Andrea, Elena, Chloe, Elijah, Ava and Claire; other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Graveside service with full military honors,will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Gary Mace officiating.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.