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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Ward Miller

Ward W. Miller

Saturday, August 20th, 1927 - Monday, September 30th, 2019
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Ward Miller, a town of LaGrange resident since 1968, died peacefully on September 30, 2019 in Poughkeepsie.

Ward was born August 20, 1927, the son of O.L. and June Miller, in Athens, TN and grew up in Oak Park, IL and Rossville, GA, where he was valedictorian of his high school class. He majored in physics at the University of Chattanooga and spent fourteen years in active military service, enlisting as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Corps during World War II, continuing to serve through the Korean Conflict era. He rose from Master Sergeant to Second Lieutenant and later became a Regular Army officer; he served as an aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, commanded the 24th Signal Battalion in Korea and later the 999th Strategic Signal Support Company at Fort Dix, NJ, retiring from service as a Major in 1958, with eleven medals and ribbons awarded.

Ward began his long and rewarding career with IBM, training in Endicott, NY where he met his wife Ann “Nina” Greco, whom he married on December 27, 1952. IBM led him to New York City, White Plains, Rochester, MN and Poughkeepsie; he retired in January 1987 as a Senior Programmer and began another busy new life. He was an award-winning freelance photographer with hundreds of photos published in the Poughkeepsie Journal and was a familiar sight at Arlington High School sporting events. He was a licensed pilot, taught antique clock repair to continuing education students for many years, and authored and published numerous newsletters for the various clubs he was so active in, including a bi-monthly column he wrote for the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, which he helmed for 25 years, as well as newsletter editor for Kingston Man-To-Man, a prostate cancer support group, from 1999 to 2002. He was a Life Member volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician with the LaGrange Fire District, and a severe weather observer for the National Weather Service. Memberships and special roles include 24th Infantry Division Association and Arlington Post 1302 American Legion; IBM Quarter Century and Poughkeepsie IBM Microcomputer clubs; National Press Photographers Association and Photographic Society of America; past president of the Mid-Hudson Photography Club; United States Power Squadron, past Commander of the Mid-Hudson Power Squadron and Education Officer; Aircraft Owners and Pilots, Cessna Pilots, Experimental Aircraft and National Aeronautic Associations and secretary of the Dutchess County Pilots Association; chairman of the Hudson Valley Airspace Users Group, treasurer and director of the TWINCO Flying Club; the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, past president and secretary of Mid-Hudson Chapter 84, NAWCC; the Dutchess County Volunteer Fire Police Association. He lived life to the fullest, never sat idle, and was deeply involved in passions and pursuits where he could make an impact, especially to students of any age.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Ann (“Nina”), who passed away on September 20, 2018. They were married 66 years. He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Rhodes who lives in Tivoli, NY with her husband Michael, and son Neil Miller who lives in New York City with his wife Kristy. He is also survived by his sister Betty M. Ramsey, Nashville, TN, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Monday from 5-8pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11am at the funeral home followed by interment in St. Denis Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation. Please visit Ward’s Book of Memories at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 7th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, October 7th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
    895 Route 82
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 11:00am
    McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
    895 Route 82
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  • Interment

    St. Denis Cemetery
    604 Beekman Road
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Carolyn Sullivan

Posted at 04:56pm
Dear Andrea and Neil,

I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a great man - always kind, always busy doing the right things. I will always remember his warmth of spirit. You are truly blessed to have such a straight as an arrow gentleman as your father. I am sure you both feel the loss deeply. Even though I cannot be there, please know my thoughts are with you.

Love always,

Carolyn Case Sullivan

Kathy Milhaven

Posted at 10:28am
My father, Ed Milhaven, reported to Ward Miller at IBM in Poughkeepsie. I never met Mr. Miller myself, but my father always spoke very highly of him. Dad had a tremendous amount of respect for him. My sincere condolences go out to all of Mr. Miller's family and friends.

Fred Robbins

Posted at 08:02am
I met Ward in 2007 when, as treasurer of the Dutchess County Pilots Association, he invited me to a lecture by another local aviator, John Miller...
Ward also provided me with his own information of John Miller for my web page...
Several years ago we attended the same gym and chewed the fat (and I mpstly listened) at least once a week. I'm sure I heard, in amazement, everything described in his obituary, including the last few years of labor-of-love attending to Nina in her last years.
We talked a lot about aviation stuff. Ward also gave me his VHS video copy of Capt. Al Hanes' lecture of his fiery United Flight 232 crash, which I made available to hundreds of pilots via YouTube. Unfortunately, after a couple years YouTube took it down.
A few months ago I saw Ward in the Cuts Plus barber shop in Hopewell. I asked him then, and several times before and after that, if we could get together for lunch or a visit. Every time he would say something to delay it. I suspected, and feared it was intentional and regretfully honored his wishes.
Now, to offset my regrets, I pray he's joined Nina where both are surrounded by peace.


Posted at 03:09pm
Dear Andrea,Michael,Neil and Christie
Just a note to say how sorry I am to learn of the passing of Mr. Miller
(Your dad)Please accept my heartfelt condolences.I,ve had the pleasure to care for both mom and dad for years,one can only imagine the bond we shared.
When mom died I didn't know I could dry my tears and now Mr.Miller (another shocker)We know death is eminent but one can never escape the briefs and pains that comes along.Please convey my sympathy to his sister Bette ,as well as niece Christine whom I,ve had the privilege to meet.
God,s comfort and peace be with you all.

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