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Cancer Claims Businessman R.A. Miller

     Funeral services for Richard A. (Dick) Miller, 48, who operated a butter and egg business here for 30 years, were held Monday afternoon at the Calvin chapel.
     Miller’s death Friday evening [August 14, 1953] ended a battle with cancer which extended over 30 months.  The struggle began in January, 1951, when a cancerous kidney was removed.  Further hospitalization occurred as the disease progressed, until his lungs became involved.  The illness confined Miller to bed at his home on S. Center St. for many weeks before his death.
     Born at Burlington, IA, Miller came to Hartford in 1923 at age 19 with his parents, Anthony and Julia Miller and family, from Elkhart, Ind, and worked at the Hartford Creamery.  When the Creamery folded in 1933, every employee went different directions.  Richard then started the butter and egg business.  He personally conducted the enterprise until a few months ago.  For 10 years, he was prominent as a baseball player, playing first base for Hartford, Bangor, and Benton Harbor teams.
     Miller is survived by his wife, the former Nellie Goodrich, whom he married May 10, 1933, and three children, Jacqueline, Judy, and Joseph, all at home.  Also surviving are his parents Anthony and Julia Miller, Sr.; a sister, Mrs. Lloyd [Mary] Blyly, and a brother, Anthony Jr., all of Hartford, and another brother, Raymond, of Benton Harbor.
     The Rev Alvin Jingst, pastor of the Federated Church, officiated at the services Monday.  Miss Vera Zeigenhorn sang two numbers, "In the Garden"; and "Still Near My Soul."  Many Hartford business places were closed during the funeral hour.
     Pallbearers were Dale Woolcott, Paul Righter and Hugh Munro, Hartford; Walter Moser, Bangor; John Yerington, Benton Harbor, and Virgil Chapman, Lawrence  Burial was in Maple Hill cemetery.

Transcribed from the Thursday, August 20, 1953 issue of the Hartford Day Spring with additional notes provided by Larry Blyly, son of Lloyd and Mary Blyly in 2008.

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