Howard M. Miller, 93, of 30 East Hughes St. Belfast NY passed away of natural causes in the Comfort Room at Jones Memorial Hospital on Monday August 24, 2020. His family is extremely thankful for the care and support of the staff at Jones.
Born September 27, 1926 in Belfast, Howard was the son of Harrison and Pearl Miller. On November 11, 1954 in the Angelica United Methodist Parsonage, he married his beloved partner Delores E. Haggstrom, who survives.
Howard grew up in the Town of Belfast on White Creek Rd. He attended the White Creek Rural School and at the age of 15, graduated from High School. After graduation, he worked at the family farm for a short time and then went into the Army going from basic training in Ft. Bragg to Japan and becoming a Corporal during the Korean Conflict.
In 1954, Howard started River Valley Farms, a poultry distributing business which he operated successfully for many years. While running his business, he served as Belfast Town Supervisor for a decade.
Following the sale of River Valley, Howard and Delores enjoyed a temporary retirement and world-wide travel.
In 1983, they purchased R&K Marina on Rushford Lake, which they operated successfully for over ten years. Howard and Delores fell in love with the lake and, following the sale of the marina, they purchased a cottage, where they made many wonderful memories.
Howard had many interests, such as real estate dealings and business investments, working around the cottage, playing cards, attending classic car shows, following and participating in Democrat politics.
He was a member of the Robert W. Howden Belfast American Legion, post # 1504.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Delores, are his son, Gerald M. (and Heidi) Miller of Rochester; his daughter, Sheree L. Gielow (and Rick Wiseman) of Belfast; grandchildren-Cassie(and David) Guagliano of Tonawanda; Dylan (and Kimberly) Miller of Webster; Krista (and Anthony)Mikicuik of Pittsford; Jonathan Miller of Rochester; six great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Howard was predeceased by two brothers: Harrison and Harold Miller, two sisters and their husbands Myra (and John Galvin), Marie (and Ike Gleason) and a nephew, Ross Miller.
Private funeral services will be held at the Treusdell Funeral Home, in Belfast on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm. The Rev. Craig Beulow , pastor of the Belfast United Methodist Church will officiate. There will be no visitation calling hours due to Covid 19, however friends may attend a graveside service at Riverside Cemetery at approximately 3:00 pm, following the funeral. Memorials may be made to the Allegany Co. SPCA and the Belfast United Methodist Church. For condolences, click the button below.