Raymond John Miller

Raymond John Miller, “Papa Ray”, 83, of Denver NC, went home to be with The Lord on Thursday March 7, 2024. He was born in 1940 in Bridgeport CT.  After graduating high school, he enlisted and served with honor in the United States Marine Corps. After leaving the military, he started his own company, RJM Building Contractors, later moving to NC in 1995.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kimberley Carey Miller. Sister:  Patricia Dawes.  Children: Kim and Mike Connell, Rick Miller, Robb Miller, Jerimy and Jess Moran, Shannon and Paul Gibson. Grandchildren:  Jadon Brooks, Lincoln Brooks, Devin Moran, Taylor Pendergast, Paige Moroney, Morgan Connell, Taylor Gondek, Daniel Miller; and his loyal dog: “Semper Fi”.

He was welcomed into heaven by his parents: Herbert and Antoinette (Beanie) Miller; Brother-in-law: David Dawes; Sons: Jeffrey and Christopher Miller; Granddaughter: Skylar Brooks.

Ray worked at Salem United Methodist Church as the facilities manager.  He also sang in the Hymns of Praise and the choir. The accomplishment for which he was most proud was working with Rose and Ted Kennedy for the creation and passage of Bill 766, “The Right for Education for All Children” in Massachusetts, then oversaw the passage of US senate bill 1 which extended this right throughout the country.

His greatest loves were his wife and family, his church, mission trips with the church, hosting holidays with huge turkeys and lots of food.  He also loved fishing, boating, hunting, skiing, and LOTS of football.  He could fix anything!

Ray wasn’t a former Marine, he was always a Marine, and proudly flew our nation’s flag and the Marine Corps flag every day.  Ray’s motto was “You work hard to play hard”. With his work all done, he can finally play.  Oorah! “Semper Fi”

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 2:00PM at Salem United Methodist Church Denver, NC. Officiating will be Rev. Eric Lane; Pastor of Salem UMC. Military Honors will be rendered by The United States Marine Corps Honor Guard. 



One Response to Raymond John Miller

  1. Mike Harrington March 17, 2024 at 6:24 pm #

    Ray was my neighbor, he was a good guy with a big heart. He tried to and did help people.
    He was always working on his house. I can hear his voice especially his laugh.
    Most of all I considered him a friend. He will be missed. God speed Ray.

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