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Dietzel "Dick" Morris Miller, 71, of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away at home on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. He was born on Oct. 25, 1946, in Vincennes, Indiana, to Albert C. and Mary W (Knight) Miller, and raised in Bicknell and Terre Haute, Indiana.
Dick graduated from Gerstmeyer High School in Terre Haute in 1964. He joined the U.S. Army in 1965 and served as an admin specialist, Military Police, Criminal Investigation Division (CID) agent (investigating felony-level crime) and Protective Services on the Secretary of Defense (Dick Cheney) detail. During these 28 years, he attended ISU at Terre Haute to get a degree in criminology. He served in many U.S. Army bases, both in the United States and overseas, including Vietnam, Korea, Germany and Italy. Additionally, he traveled with the United States Secretary of Defense to many other countries around the world. After retirement in 1993, he joined various corporate and government security agencies and retired from the FBI as a consultant security analyst in 2011, when he left the Washington, D.C., area to become a Florida resident.
Dick met Elda Guajardo in Schweinfurt, Germany, in 1980, became engaged in Paris, France, and married in Basel, Switzerland, on April 20, 1982. They resided in Germany from 1980-1989. He was reassigned to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, retired in 1993 and then again in 2011 to move to Florida and get away from the bad winter storms. He enjoyed biking, swimming and writing his book, "Army Detective" by Dick Miller (currently at publisher).
He is survived by his wife, Elda Guajardo Miller; his son, Chris D. Miller (Nichole Jones); and granddaughters, Sydney Marie Miller and Lauryn Raye Miller. Also surviving are two sisters, Rachel Miller Groves (Edward) and June Miller Harlan (Fred); and many nieces, nephews and cousins, whom he visited yearly at the Miller family reunion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Clarence and Mary W. Knight Miller; brothers, John Miller and Roy J. Miller; and sisters, Nora Mae Miller McAtee (Hubert) and Inez Ruth Miller.
A celebration of life is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at National Cremation and Burial Society, 308 E. College Ave., Ruskin, Florida. Per Dick's wishes, he will be interred at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Arrangements and details for this celebration will follow at a later date to meet their extremely busy schedule.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dick's memory to any of the following charities: American Diabetes Association, http://donations.diabetes.org; American Heart Association, www.heart.org; or Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, www.arthritis.org.
Published on November 3, 2017
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