Richard Miller

North Vernon

Richard L. Miller, 86, of North Vernon, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at his residence.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service in North Vernon. The Rev. Joe Wyatt will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery.

Born May 9, 1929, in North Vernon, Rich was the son of Clyde and Nanny (Wood) Miller. On May 7, 1949, he married Wilma Jean Alexander She preceded him in death December 27, 2015.

Rich retired from the railroad in 1989 after 40 years working as a brakeman. He was a member of United Transportation Union – C and was named Railroader of the Year in 1988. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, enjoyed playing cards and was an avid collector of railroad memorabilia.

Survivors include three daughters, Janet (Don) Henry of Scipio, Linda (Jon) Passmore of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Judy (Bob) Watts of North Vernon; a son, Richard (Sue) Miller of Greeneville, Tennessee; three sisters-in-law, Shirley Alexander of North Vernon, Ruth Miller of Seymour and Bo Miller of North Vernon; a brother-in-law, Robert Alexander of North Vernon; 13 grandchildren, Chris Henry, Matt Henry, Ali (Chris) LaFlamme, Clint Wilhoit, Wendy (John) Baker, Victoria Passmore, Anthony Passmore, Shanan (Jason) Orrock, Sharon (Patrick) Norris, Jake Miller, Megan Traylor, Travis (Ana) Watts and Justin (Lisha) Watts; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jean; stepmother, Ruth Marie Miller; two brothers, Clarence and Dale Miller; and sister, Martha Coquerille.

Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to First United Methodist Church Building Fund or Schneck Hospice.

Friends are invited to light a candle or leave a message of condolence in Mr. Miller’s memory at