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Richard C. Miller
February 3, 1940 ~ December 13, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Richard C. Miller, 83, of Clarksville, Maryland died peacefully on December 13, 2023. He was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania on February 3,1940 to Charles Wolf Miller and Dorothy Ann Francic. One of three children, Dick was elder brother to Glenn Miller (deceased) and Dianne Miller.
Dick met the love of his life, Mary S. Schelble, in Madison, Wisconsin in 1961. At the time of their fateful meeting in a college bar named Chesty’s, Mary was in nursing school and Dick was in the Air Force and stationed at Truax Air Force Base. They were married in August 1963 and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Dick adored his wife and made sure to let her know how much she meant to him with both grand gestures and everyday kindnesses throughout their marriage.
Dick and Mary had three children: Lisa Hernandez (Gilbert); Tim Miller (Paula); and Heather Rubens (Brian); five grandchildren: Michael, Eric, & Joseph Hernandez; Evelyn & Henry Rubens; and one great grandchild: Eliza Hernandez. He was incredibly proud of his family’s many accomplishments in school, work, music, and sports. And he loved talking with his family about their lives—offering a listening ear, loving encouragement, and unwavering support.
Dick built a career in software engineering and computers, quite literally coming of age with this emerging technological sector. He got his start working on the earliest computers in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s, building machines that used punch cards and took up whole rooms. From there, he built a computing career that took him and his family from Wisconsin to California, Texas, Arizona, and Connecticut—with meaningful professional projects in England and Japan.
Dick enjoyed a variety of pastimes. He was a passionate reader of science-fiction and spy thrillers, and a longtime subscriber to The Economist and National Geographic. He loved to golf, regularly participating in leagues until well into his 70s. He was also a devoted pot-stirrer in group conversations with family and friends. He loved nothing better than talking about the latest political controversies, as well as the ethical challenges facing humanity in light of technological developments.
Dick will always be remembered as a kind, loving, and joyful husband, father and grandfather. He is deeply missed.
A Memorial Mass for Richard C. Miller will be held on Friday February 9, 2024 at 12:00pm at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, Room 1, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, Maryland 21044.
A Reception & Luncheon buffet meal & visitation with family will be held on Friday February 9, 2024 from 1:00pm-4:30pm at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, Room 4, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, Maryland 21044.
Dick was a regular participant in the online educational programs and dialogues at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS), and a passionate booster for the interreligious nonprofit run by his daughter Heather. Dick received loving and compassionate hospice care at the end of his life from the staff of Gilchrist.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to either of these organizations: Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS), 956 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204 or make an online donation at icjs.org/donate or to Gilchrist, 11311 McCormick Rd., Ste. 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 or make an online donation at gilchristcares.org/donate.