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Richard L. Miller, Department of Transportation designer, Scout leader

Dec. 29, 1946 – Jan. 2, 2014

Richard L. Miller, a designer for the New York State Department of Transportation for 41 years, died Thursday in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Lancaster. He was 67.

Mr. Miller was a lifelong Buffalo resident who graduated from School 68, Kensington High School and the University at Buffalo, where he earned a degree in civil engineering in 1969.

He started that year with the DOT in its signs and signals department before moving into highway design. He retired in 2010.

Mr. Miller’s work with the DOT was interrupted by three years in the Coast Guard from 1971-74, when he was stationed on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor.

He was an active Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader for three decades, working with Cub Scout packs 50 and 194, and Boy Scout Troops 28 and 194. He served and the commissioner’s staff and the training staff for the scout district, and received Scouting’s Silver Beaver Award and membership in the Order of the Arrow.

He returned to college for a degree in cultural anthropology in 1980, when he was also president of the honor society of the night school division of Millard Fillmore College.

Mr. Miller is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Susan Cotton; a daughter, Jenniffer A.; two sons, Richard II and Bryan M.; four sisters, Carol, Karen Walters, Jacqueline Bickelman and Diane Leising; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Vandercher & Dick Funeral Home, 2549 Main St., Buffalo.

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