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Raymond D. Miller, age 75, of Greenville, passed away early Tuesday morning, October 4, 2011 at his home under the loving care of his family and Faith Hospice. The son of Ainsworth & Doris May (Jones) Miller, he was born on November 25, 1935 in Greenville.

On December 5, 1954, in Greenville, he married Shirley M. Holliday and together they raised two children and enjoyed almost 57 years of marriage. Ray retired from Wolverine World Wide in 1998 after over 40 years of service and in retirement he and Shirley wintered in Florida. An avid woodworker, Ray also enjoyed fishing and carpentry, but most of all delighted in time spent with his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a long time member of the Belgreen Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Madole on June 19, 1991; and four brothers, Marvin Miller who died in combat in Korea in 1953, Robert Miller on January 16, 1993, Herbert Miller on October 5, 1998, and Lyle Miller on March 20, 2004.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Miller of Greenville; their two children, David Lee Miller of Glenrock, Wyoming, and Darleen (Dan) Reed of Ionia; a sister, Virginia Medler of Trufant; six grandchildren, Travis (Heather Crane) Miller, Heather (Nate) Fierke, Autumn Miller, Aimee (Mark) Barna, Alissa (Mark) Arens, and Josiah Reed; thirteen great grandchildren, Zoe Miller, Keegan Scott, Jersie Fierke, Aubryn Miller, Madison, Abigail, Camdan, Janessa, Ian, Uriah, and Aizlin Barna, and Kailyn and Peyton Arens; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family is Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Belgreen Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 9799 W. Baker Road (off of M-91), Greenville, where memorial services will be held on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Bob Joseph will officiate and a time of food and fellowship will follow. Ray would have appreciated contributions in his memory to Three Angels Broadcasting Network. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Rays online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville, was entrusted with the arrangements.


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  1. Anonymous on October 4, 2011 at 12:00 am


    10/07/2011 –

    Tammy and Mark Fitzner

    We are saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. He was such a dear, sweet man and a wonderful neighbor. We have missed you both very much. Shirley, please know you are in our thoughts and you are much loved!

    10/05/2011 –

    Faye VanDyken

    Darleen & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    10/05/2011 –

    Fred & Linda McLemore

    We are so honored to have known Ray and been friends with him and Shirley for these last few years. He will be missed.

    10/05/2011 –


    I am the daughter of Irene Williams and I would like to say for her “How much she enjoyed Ray’s friendship and good times when she worked with him at Wolverine.” She always spoke very highly of him. She is 91 years old and is unable to attend visitation.

    10/04/2011 –


    My deepest sympathies for you and your family. You and your family will both be in my prays and thoughts, I just lost my DaD in April and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t miss him.

    Elizabeth (Williams) Nichoson

    What a sweet gentle man. He will be missed by all. My life has been truly blessed to have Raymond as a friend. Rest my friend until we meet again. I hope we live in the same neighborhood in heaven.

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