March 25, 1926 - March 29, 2019
James Eugene (Jim) Miller, long term resident of Farmers Branch, Texas, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends, on Friday, March 29, just after his 93rd birthday.
FUNERAL: Services will be at on Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 pm at St. Francis Anglican Church at 3838 Walnut Hill Ln., Dallas 75229. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association or St. Francis Anglican Church.
Jim was born on March 25, 1926 to George Gordon and Mary Shaffer Miller in Herkimer, New York. He grew up in Little Falls, New York and graduated from Little Falls High School. He enlisted the Navy in November of 1943, and served in the Pacific theater on the USS Shelby as an Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class , and served until May of 1946.
Following his honorable discharge, Jim married Diane Ridgway and raised two sons, Seth and Scott. Based on his Navy experience, he soon was hired by Collins Radio and worked in the Human Relations Department. During his 20 years at Collins Radio, Jim and his partner, Sam Ray, started Foam-Tek, which was a foam fabrication business. They made unique custom foam packaging and displays for a variety of companies. He and Sam sold the business and retired in 1996. In 1973, Jim married Eva Raynes, and they enjoyed 45 years of happy marriage.
As a young man, Jim earned a private pilot’s license, and the family traveled across the country to visit relatives and on vacation. He was an avid sport fan, especially of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. He and Eva had Cowboys season tickets with a group of friends for many years and a highlight was attending Super Bowl X in Miami in 1976. They also enjoyed ballroom and country western dancing. He had a passion for riding motorcycles, taking several cross-country trips and riding regularly until he reluctantly quit at the age of 88.
Jim loved to entertain and to make people laugh. He and Eva hosted many parties in their beautiful backyard on Farmers Branch Creek and he loved to dress up as various characters to surprise and delight friends and neighbors. He was a master joke teller and could “name that tune” with the best.
He was a loving and generous husband, father, brother, father-in-law, grandfather, neighbor and friend. His granddaughters, Valerie and Kerry, were very fortunate to have him in their lives for so many years.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Diane, and his son, Seth.
SURVIVORS: Beloved wife, Eva, son, Scott and wife, Kay, daughter-in-law Diane, sister, Jan Dean, granddaughters, Valerie Miller and husband Diego Gonzalez and Kerry Miller and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
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