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Richard W. Miller

September 18, 1952 ~ January 06, 2024

Richard W. Miller, 71
Vero Beach, Florida

On January 6, 2024, Rich earned his wings and left this earth to reunite with family and friends in heaven.

He was born in Elizabeth, NJ to Robert and Eva Miller (nee Spital) and was a resident of Hillside, NJ for 22 years. Rich was a 1970 graduate of Kean University, Union, NJ with a BA in Business and Accounting and a Brother of Nu Delta Pi fraternity.

On December 7, 1974, Rich married the love of his life, Kathi Lynn (nee Brown) from Clark, NJ. Married 49 glorious and adventurous years, Rich and Kathi looked forward to celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary later this year.

Rich spent his entire career working in the pharmaceutical manufacturing and new product development field, achieving the title of Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Rich (and Kathi) was relocated for business opportunities numerous times from New Jersey to North Carolina, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, back to Georgia and finally, by their choice, to Vero Beach, Florida. At the time of his passing, Rich was employed by United Pharma, LLC located in Fullerton, CA as Vice President of New Business Development.

Rich was active in the Vero Beach Elks Lodge #1774 serving the lodge he loved dearly. He was elected to all officer chairs including his highest achievement as Exalted Ruler (President). He was currently a 5 year Trustee and proudly served the South East Central District as District Esquire to the District Deputy, Grand Exalted Ruler. Rich worked tirelessly for the Vero Beach lodge raising funds for Children’s and Veteran’s Charities, Wabasso School, Florida Elks Youth Camp, Girl Scout Cookies for Soldiers and Kards 4 Kids, and even as an Assistant Cook, just to name just a few. Rich love their

home in Vero Beach and would spend his free time enjoying their home, beach and swimming. No matter in what state they resided, Rich enjoyed driving and loved announcing a sudden weekend “road trip” as they packed a change of clothes, snacks and let the Lord and the road be their guide. Rich loved their boats living in NJ and looked forward to purchasing a Florida pontoon boat or an RV when he retired.

Although they moved to numerous states, near or far, Rich loved his family dearly and was a dedicated family man. He especially loved his Nephews and Nieces. A big piece of his heart belonged to his adorable Great Nephews, Warren and Nate.

Rich is survived by his wife, Kathi. (Kathi & Rich had no children) Younger Brother – Robert Miller (Christine)
Nephew – Evan Miller (Jenn)
Niece – Alexis Miller

Brother-in-law – Warren W. Brown Nephew – Daniel Brown (Kristen) Niece – Kimberly Carver (Ryan)
Great Nephew – Warren J. Carver
Great Nephew – Nathaniel Carver Predeceased by Mother – Eva and Father – Robert Predeceased by older Brother – Glenn Miller
Glenn’s wife survives – Lisa Miller
Nephew – Matthew Miller (Marianne) Nephew – Adam Miller
Niece – Jaclyn Camarda (Paul)

In lieu of flowers, Rich wished that donations be made to his beloved Children’s Charities through the Vero Beach Elks #1774, Please include Children’s Charities in your check memo line. Thank you.


Kathi Miller

January 29, 2024, 8:32 pm

A Memorial Service will be held for Rich on March 10, 2024 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. A luncheon repast will follow the service. All Elks, Family, Friends and Neighbors are welcome.

Vero Beach Elks Lodge #1774
1350 26th St.
Vero Beach Florida 32960

Dolores Bemiss

January 31, 2024, 3:33 am

May Rich Rest In Peace. My heart is with you, Kathi, and I pray that the Lord grants you comfort during this difficult time. Much love, Dee Clementi Bemiss❤️❤️

Ginny Tebo-Grimes

January 31, 2024, 4:25 am

My heart goes out to you and your family.
Sending big hugs and many prayers.
I saw how much fun the two of you had together in life.
He will be with you in your memories and heart.
Lots of love

lynn bergeron

January 31, 2024, 1:05 pm

What a great man…sad to see him leave us so early. Kathi you are in our thoughts and prayers

Jim and Barbara Rannazzisi

January 31, 2024, 3:26 pm

It was our pleasure to get to know Rich these past few years. Whenever you saw Rich involved you knew the job was getting done. He worked tirelessly for all the programs for children with an energy renewed with every new project. You always wanted Rich on your “Name That Tune” team as he truly knew his music! His smile was one that greeted many friends as they walked through the doors of the Elks his presence will always be missed may he test in peace.

Mary Ducharne

January 31, 2024, 8:15 pm

I really enjoyed spending time with Rich and Kathi at the state and national Elks Conventions. Rich was so sweet, and he will be missed. Kathi, please let us know if you need anything.

Nancy Webber

February 1, 2024, 12:13 pm

Rich, May you rest in God’s loving arms and watch over your loving family here on Earth

Marilyn Krasiewski

February 1, 2024, 1:19 pm

Always smiling, despite his many health problems, Rich was a warrior!!! He kept at it until everything was done right and never complained. Ed and I will miss your kind and loving nature, Rich. May you rest in peace and may God always hold you in His arms!

Sue Dempsey

February 1, 2024, 2:40 pm

Kathi, so very sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. What a blessing to have been together almost 50 years. Keeping you & family in my prayers.

Bob Miller

February 2, 2024, 12:10 am


I know the last few months were really tough for you. May you rest in piece brother.

Kim Taylor

February 2, 2024, 1:18 am

Thank you for all your dedication to the Elks especially Cards 4 Kids. You will be missed. Rest in peace Rich and prayers for your family. Kim and Nan Taylor

Oscar & Elsa Erice

February 2, 2024, 1:53 am

Dear Kathi,

As we stated in our voicemail, texts and card, we have no adequate words to express the loss we feel at Rich’s passing. It was our pleasure to meet and get to know him and you. His (and your) dedication to anything he (and you) undertook, especially at the Vero Beach Elks, was admirable and commendable, and resulted in valuable help to various community groups and entities, as well as to our lodge.

Rich was a true gentleman and a true gentle soul who gave all he had to give. He will be sorely missed.

For you, Kathi, we pray for peace and acceptance, and the total confidence that you now have a personal strong Guardian Angel watching out for you and protecting you from Heaven.

Remember that we are here ready, willing, and able to help you in any way we can.


Oscar & Elsa Erice

Cheryl Andrus

February 2, 2024, 2:02 pm

Rich, has a special spot in our hearts he was family, we love you Kathi, we are here for you.

Ed Ciecirski

February 4, 2024, 7:38 pm

I’m so sorry Kathi to hear about Rich my condolences

Mary Ellen Bucher and Raymond Parent

February 5, 2024, 8:22 pm

Are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Kathy Rich was a great man will be missed by all that knew him.

Kim And Jillian Smith

February 5, 2024, 8:29 pm

We are so sorry for the loss of Rich Kathy he will hold a special place in our hearts

Leonard Smallacombe

April 9, 2024, 9:13 pm

We were on a cruise and are very sorry for your loss of Richard. He was an amazing Elk, Person and Friend. Kathy Barb and I offer our sincere condolences to you and all your family members. Richard and You care for the welfare and care for local children , families and people in general. Together you made great strides in the lives of people in need. God Bless Richard ,You and Family members doing these sad and very difficult times.
Lenny & Barb Smallacombe

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