Raymond Carl Miller, 88, died of natural causes on September 20, 2021 in St. George, Utah. Ray was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 4, 1932, to John T. and Norma L. Miller. Ray graduated from Hazel Park High School in January 1951 and married Joan L. Staley on July 12, 1952 in Highland Park, Michigan. Later that same year, Ray was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Maryland. As a sergeant he was the RADAR team leader of the 70th Washington Defense Battalion, DC Ray was discharged from the military in 1954 and returned to Hazel Park where he served as a postal clerk and postman for the US Postal Service until February 1956. Ray left the Postal Service that year to pursue his true vocation as a police officer when the Town of Clawson hired him as a patroller. In 1961, Ray reached the rank of sergeant and served in that capacity until 1984, when he became chief. Ray served the Town of Clawson as Chief of Police until his retirement in December 1993. As a testament to his law enforcement expertise, Ray was invited to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico , Virginia, from which he graduated in June 1975. In addition to devoting his career to the town of Clawson, Ray also enjoyed serving the community in other ways. If you were a Clawson kid who played sports between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s, there’s a good chance Ray was your little league coach for several of those seasons. Ray has also spent countless years roaming football and basketball courts to officiate high school games in and around Clawson. After retiring, Ray and Joan moved to St. George, Utah, where they purchased property and lived in a trailer while overseeing the construction of their new home. Once settled in, Ray devoted time to his hobbies: photography, woodworking, lawn bowling and computers. He and Joan also loved to travel. They’ve driven their RVs around Michigan every summer to see family and friends and, of course, have visited many national parks and sights along the way. Education has never ceased to be important in Ray’s life. In 1980, he graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. While living in Utah, Ray used this degree to teach criminal justice courses as an assistant professor at Dixie College in St. George in 1997 and 1998. Throughout his long life and career, Ray has belonged to many professional and service organizations. Most notable of these were the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Southeast Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Association of County Chiefs of Police. Oakland, Michigan, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Oakland County Emergency Management Coordinators Association, the Oakland County Traffic Safety Association, the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the Clawson Rotary Club where he was past president and member Paul Harris . Ray was predeceased by his parents and his 66-year-old wife, Joan, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in November 2018. Ray spent the last 7 years of her life by her side caring for her at home as she bravely battled the disease. Ray is survived by his brother, Clyde A. Miller (Nancy) Macomb, Michigan. Ray is survived by three sons and one daughter: Kerry S. Miller (Cynthia) Colorado Springs, Colorado; Robert J. Miller, Desert Hot Springs, Calif .; Donald R. Miller (Cheryl), St. George, Utah; and Janet L. Pittl, Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada. Ray is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The services will be private. Rest in peace Ray. Condolences can be shared on mcmillanmortuary.com
Posted by Daily Tribune on October 3, 2021.