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Kenneth J. Miller

March 8th, 2012
Kenneth John Miller, 84, of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully Tuesday March 6, at his family home following a brief illness.
 
Ken was born in 1927 in Watertown, he was the dear son of the late Robert and Goldie (Parnell) Miller, as a child he moved to Burlington where he lived until 1968, after which he relocated to Wilmington with his wife and children.
 
Kenneth was a retired self-employed Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor.
 
A Veteran of WW II, Kenneth served with the Navy Sea Bees on Okinawa.
 
He subsequently attended Northeastern University to earn his Engineering degree. He worked for Whitten Bros. in Burlington until forming his own company. During the fifty years he was in business, he was the engineer for hundreds of projects in Wilmington and surrounding towns, notably the Winchester Medical Center, Abundant Life Christian School, Elia’s Country Store, Lucci’s, Ristuccia Memorial Arena, Allgrove Estates, Palmer Estates, Chestnut Estates, and many others.
 
In 1978 Kenneth consulted with CDM to work overseas in Egypt surveying for the construction of sanitary piping in the cities of Cairo and Alexandria. He traveled extensively during his life, visiting countries in 4 of our 7 continents.
 
A pilot since the 1960s and a flight enthusiast his entire life, he flew a Cessna 170 for many years from Tew-Mac airport in Tewksbury and Nashua airport in NH. Using his own plane, he began utilizing aerial photography as an aid to his surveying, developing film in a studio he built himself. Although his wife, a commercial pilot and flight instructor, died piloting a plane in 1973, he continued to fly recreationaly. In his seventies he flew cross country and toured Alaska, navigating the Alaskan Highway by air. In 2006, he and a passenger survived against many odds in a crash on takeoff, and in recent years traveled by automobile the east coast and into Canada.
 
He served as a member of the Wilmington Memorial Library Trustees, was a long time member of the Tewksbury Rod and Gun Club and an active member of the EAA, Experimental Aircraft Association.
 
Kenneth loved God, his family and his country. He was a kind, generous, forgiving, loving man, with a wonderful sense of humor, and will be dearly missed.
 
Ken was the beloved husband of the late Ripley (Conner) Miller, devoted father of Jeffrey K. Miller and his wife Anna Thistle of Rockbridge Baths, VA, Janice M. Ruggiero and her husband Jim and Julia E. Doten and her husband Stephen all of Wilmington, loving “Grampa” of Justin, Christopher, and James Ruggiero, Ripley and Anna Doten, and great grandchildren Trinity and Cameron. He was the dear brother of Carleton Miller and his wife Neva of Maine, William Miller and his wife Lillian of Missouri, Patricia Spencer and her late husband Buddy of Woburn, Barbara Clark and her late husband Thomas, Joyce Fay and her husband Al all of Burlington, Evelyn Hunsley and her husband Lindy of Oklahoma, the late Bob Miller and Jean Miller. Ken is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
 
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, March 12th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 11th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken’s memory may be made to VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.
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16 Entries in Guest Book for “Kenneth J. Miller”

  1. Toby Pearson says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear this news. Your family has had a very special place in my heart since I first met you all. That is nearly 50 years. I feel bad that I haven’t communicated in some time, but I have thought about Ken many times and wondered how he was doing since the accident. I know he will be missed. I’ll keep you all in my prayers.

  2. Carol Quilty says:

    Ken Miller loved life. Life with Ken was full of fun, love, adventure and patriotism. He cherished his family and I feel honored to have been a part of this family.
    Go in Peace, Ken.

  3. Christine Cox says:

    So sad to hear of Ken’s passing.He was a true gentlemen and what a full life he had.I enjoyed our many talks.He will be missed by all that had the priveledge of meeting him.Julia you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Alan & Patti Nelson says:

    Ken was a great man who loved life and shared it with so many. I learned so much from him in so many ways. Ken will be dearly missed. Our prayers and sympathy go out to Jeff, Janice & Julia and their families.

  5. John and Joyce Howes says:

    Ken took me on my one and only small plane ride one October. It was quite exciting and he was a wonderful pilot. I know he loved flying as much as life. Our deepest sympathy to his children, grandchildren, sisters and close friends.

  6. Peter & Sharon DuBois says:

    Dear, Janice and family –

    What an amazing life God gave your dad and what a great spirit of adventure he used in his life ! Sounds like he did not waste a minute of it. We are thankful to have met him on his visits to church.

    Our prayers and hearts go out to all of you at this time.

    Love,

    Peter & Sharon

  7. Nancy & Richard Parnell and Family says:

    Dear Julia,
    I do not know the words to bring you comfort…may the Lord take close care of you and your family. Loosing someone is never easy but at least you have each other and you have always had each other. May you use this time to gather lost memories and press forward. Kenneth always showed strength and determination and you too have those fine qualities.
    Sending numerous prayers your way… may you find comfort and strength and your beautiful smile.
    Love always,
    Nancy & Richard

  8. Mary and John Katsaros says:

    Mary and I had the pleasure of meeting Ken several years ago at the EAA-106 meetings and fly-ins at the Lqwrence Municipal Airport. Along with Penny Bowman and Ken’s friend we worked together at the EAA-106 tent.
    He was such a special friend. Always helpful, friendly and generous. We will miss him. “May His Memory Be Eternal”. Mary and John Katsaros

  9. Robert Sceppa says:

    I have known Ken for a long time through my EAA ch 106 for he was a member in good standing. Always a nice gentleman. He will be sorely missed. He said someday he would like to get back flying again. Now he with the angels, God rest his soul.

  10. Dana and Davis O'Connor says:

    Dear Miller Family,
    We are so saddened by Ken’s death. He was an amazing example of the aviation spirit. My 12-year-old son, EAA 106 member, was in awe of his desire to continue to fly, despite his horrific ‘06 accident. Ken and Marguerite joined us on a memorable flight aboard a B 17 1.5 years ago
    to the state of Conn., an event organized by the stalwart EAA 106 chapter organizers. We enjoyed a number of meetings with Ken and were always impressed that despite the health hardships he faced, he was always so willing to volunteer under the tent with a big smile on his face. He will be missed by many at Lawrence Municipal airport. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. With deep sympathy, Dana and Davis O’Connor

  11. Penny and Ray Bowman says:

    Ray and I have known Ken since January 2005 when he joined the EAA Chapter 106 and Ken flew us to Maine in July 2006 to attend an aviation event and museum. Ken clearly had a passion for aviation and loved sharing his love of aviation with others. When our group had major events, such as hosting a WWII B-17, a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, or a fly-in of homebuilt aircraft, Ken was always there to volunteer. We’re truly sorry to learn of Ken’s passing and want to share an aviator’s poem called “High Flight” for those who may not be familiar with it:

    High Flight – by Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee, No 412 squadron, RCAF, Killed 11 December 1941

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
    I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
    And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

  12. Mark Nelson and Family says:

    Dear Jeff, Janice, Julia
    Please accept our condolences on your Dad’s passing. He was a great man filled with thought, wisdom and a role model for many. We will be forever thankful for all his hard work and advice over the years. Fond memories of a caring, generous person will last forever. K.J. will always be admired for his sweetness, gentle nature and a good story with a big smile. Love to you all.

  13. Alan & Kim Thomas says:

    Dear Janice, Jim & family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time as mourn the loss of your dad and celebrate the full and wonderful life he led. with deep sympathy and love, Alan & Kim

  14. Hubba says:

    Ken was and always will be a great Husband,Father,Grandfather,Great Grandfather nad a very special confidant for me. We had a few secreat moments when I confided in Ken he is and always will be very much missed by all who knew him. Let your wings fly now Ken Love you Hubba

  15. Laura DeMone says:

    Dear Jeff, Julie, Janice and Barbara

    I want to express my deepest condolences on the passing of your dad.
    I have enjoyed my talks very much with him when our paths crossed many times through the years ! He had a wonderful personality and always a lot of fun to talk to. He was a great guy and will be missed !
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
    God Bless you all.

  16. Al Haley says:

    I knew K.J. for forty years. He was, in the early years, my boss and later
    my mentor and friend. We shared adventures in Egypt and Alaska.
    He was a good man to have at your back and always fair & honest in his
    business dealings. His family was of upmost of importance to him.
    Jeff, Janice and Julie I am so sorry. He was a wonderful man and will be
    sorely missed. Joanne and I send our deepest sympathy.

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