Donald Richardson Miller

09/11/2012 11:47 AM |

Donald Richardson Miller, 84, of Huntingtown, Md., passed away July 30, 2012, at Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Clinton, Md.

He was born Feb. 18, 1928, in Newport, Vt., to Maxwell A. and Alice L. (Conklin) Miller, late of Town Harbor Lane, Southold.

Donald was raised in Spring Valley, N.Y., where he attended public schools. His family moved to Takoma Park, Md., and he graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. He worked for the Washington Star Newspaper as a messenger. Donald spent summers in Southold with his six siblings, parents and grandparents in the Town Harbor Lane home of his great-grandmother Julia Wells Conklin.

He entered the U.S. Army in November 1950 and was honorably discharged in March 1951. He was then employed at the Hahn Shoe Company in their window display department. He worked in Wheaton and Landover, Md., retiring in 1992.

In 2010, he moved into an assisted living facility in Ft. Washington, Md., and then moved to a nursing home in Clinton, where he resided until his passing.

He loved going to the National Zoo, painting by numbers and doing puzzles, and he was an avid Washington Redskins fan.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister, Julie Alexander, and her husband, Gale, of Southold, and his brothers Eugene and his wife, Mary, of Maryland, James and his wife, Mary Ann, of North Carolina, John and his wife, Anna, of Virginia, Francis and his wife, Janet, of West Virginia and Robert and his wife, Elizabeth, of Maryland.

A dear family friend, the Rev. Dr. Donald W. McKinney, will officiate at a graveside service for family and close friends at the family plot at the First Presbyterian Church of Southold on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are being handled by DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home of Southold.

This is a paid notice.