Kenneth R. Miller passed away on May 26, 2018 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was born on June 17, 1926 in Washington, NJ to the late Joseph and Mary Miller. He attended Washington High School where he excelled in many wrestling championships. He entered the service in June 1944 and joined the 2nd Infantry of the 38th Division of U.S. Army moving through Scotland, England, Northern France and Belgium. He battled in the Ruhr area capturing German prisoners, then crossed into Czechoslovakia occupying the city of Pilsen. His unit received two battle stars, Ruhr and Leipzig, and the President’s citation.
In 1946 he enrolled at King’s College in Wilkes Barre, Pa. In 1950, He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Philosophy, in the first graduating class comprised largely of veterans of WWII. He continued graduate studies at McGill University in Montreal and the Sorbonne in Paris.
In 1951 he began his long career at Dupont in the export sales division in Wilmington, De. He met the love of his life, Theresa Heim, on a blind date. They married June 6, 1953 and welcomed their 1st child, Elise one year later. He was transferred by Dupont as a Technical Representative to Geneva, Switzerland (1956-1959) where his 2nd daughter, Laura, was born. He transferred to Milwaukee, WI (1960-1965) where their 3rd daughter, Sara, was born. He continued his success as Regional Sales Manager for Industrial Finishes in Cleveland, OH. (1966-1972), then transferred to Wilmington where he retired from his position as International Sales Director of Automotive Finishes in 1985.
During his 33 years of retirement he spent many summers at his family beach home in South Bethany, enjoying golf, sunsets on the bay, and many celebrations with his family and friends. He traveled with Theresa to Switzerland, France, the Far East. Italy, to name a few. His enduring legacy is his devotion to helping the helping the poor and homeless. He and Theresa devoted many hours raising funds for the Ministry of Caring.
In 2001, Ken moved to Foulk Manor North with Theresa who sadly passed away in October 2011. Ken was loved by all the staff and friends at Foulk Manor, where his most enjoyable times were spent at the daily Happy Hour. Everyone will miss his warmth, kindness, humor, and contagious smile.
Friends may call on Saturday June 2, 2018 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. Entombment will be at Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the Ministry of Caring 115 E. 14th Street Wilmington, DE 19801.