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Warren R. Miller Sr., 93, established Miller Collision and Auto in Lackawanna

Dec. 30, 1924 – May 11, 2018

Warren R. Miller Sr., founder of Miller Collision and Auto in Lackawanna, died last Saturday in his Lackawanna home after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 93.

Born in Allentown, Pa., he came to the Buffalo area in 1930 and served in the Navy in World War II as a seaman first class aboard the USS Wasp in the Pacific.

While overseas, he began a pen pal relationship with a childhood friend, Gertrude F. “Trudy” Mueller. They were married in 1947 and raised 14 children.

Mr. Miller went to work for United Cork Co. as a driver in 1948 and began a second full-time job as a forklift operator for Hickman, Coward and Wattles in 1950. He opened an auto body repair shop in his garage in 1962.

With his sons helping, he retired from his other jobs in 1980 and oversaw operations until 2010 at what became Miller Collision and Auto on Abbott Road. The shop now is owned and operated by his two youngest sons.

He also set up a successful summer produce stand at his home on the corner of Abbott Road and North Drive. On its best days, it sold upward of 350 dozen ears of corn.

In retirement, he and his wife took cruises, traveled to Europe and maintained a winter home in Florida. She died three days before their 65th wedding anniversary in 2012.

He was a member of Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, and a 49-year member of the Jolly Jacks Social Club.

He also was a member of the Niagara Region Model A Restorers Club and owned a 1929 Model A Ford Phaeton and a 1924 Model T Ford.

Survivors include nine sons, Warren R. Jr., Wayne R., Craig R., Gary J., Ronald B., Mark D., Douglas S., Dennis P. and Darryl R.; three daughters, Maureen A. Szpara, Karen A. Stachowski and Sharon A.; 22 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19 in Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle.

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