Kenneth M. Miller, age 89, died on March 23, 2013 at The Villages of Orleans in Albion NY, where he received skilled and loving care from their entire staff since 2010. Ken was born on April 13, 1923 in Hamlin, NY, a son of the late Joachim and Etta (Kressman) Miller. Ken was a devoted father, husband, companion and friend. His son, Doug; and his special friend, Billie will especially miss him.
Ken served in the US Army during WWII. When he returned from the War he served as a Monroe County Sheriff's Department Deputy, was the first Park Ranger at Hamlin Beach State Park, and worked as a Supervisor at Owens-Illinois before retiring in 1981. Ken was involved in numerous service organizations and understood the importance of giving back to the community and helping others in need. He received the DeWitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service from the Kendall Masons. He was a charter member and past president (1986-1987) of the Kendall Lions Club. The Lions named him citizen of the year in 1988 and in 1993 he received the Melvin Jones Fellow award for humanitarian service. He was a charter member and past commander of the Hamlin VFW; member of the Military Order of the Cooties, an auxiliary of the VFW who organized to serve hospitalized veterans; founder and director of the Hamlin VFW Volunteer Ambulance Corps; past president of the Morton Fire District; and in 2003 he was recognized by the Hamlin Heritage Committee with the Hamlin Heritage Award in recognition of exemplary service and significant and lasting contributions to the quality of life in the Town of Hamlin.
Predeceased by his loving wife, Virginia (Bancroft); daughters, Lynda Negelty and Melody Lape; grandson, Brett Doran; brothers, Gordon and Robert Miller; and sister, Joyce Lemcke. Survived by his son, Douglas (Susan); sons-in-law, Craig Lape and Bob Negelty; very special and devoted friend, Billie Wilson; grandchildren, Jon (Kim) Doran, Jeffrey (Patti) Doran, Matthew (Frances) Doran, Christopher (Barbie Morgan) Doran, Bradley (Kelly) Lape, Bryan Lape and Catherine (Joshua) Keaton; sister, Joanne Klafehn; brothers and sisters-in-law, George (Dorothy) Bancroft, Evelyn (Carl) Taylor, Dorothy (Harry) Butler and Mercedes Patt; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 W. Albion Rd. (State Route 31) HOLLEY, on Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 PM. Ken's Funeral Service will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church, 14769 W. Kendall Rd., Kendall, NY, on Wednesday at 10:00 AM. Burial with full military honors will be held at the convenience of the family at Lakeside Cemetery in Hamlin. Flowers are respectfully declined. Donations can be made to Hospice of Orleans or to the group of local citizens who are committed to maintaining county ownership of The Villages Nursing Home - The Concerned Citizens of Orleans County, c/o Christine Loss, P.O. Box 45, Albion, NY 14411.
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