- March 22, 2016
- Colonial Beach, Virginia
of Charles' Passing
Inova Health Foundation
8110 Gatehouse Road, Suite 200 East
Inova Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiac Surgery Research Fund/F
Falls Church 22042
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Charles J. "Zeke" Miller passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on March 22, 2016. He was a retired Navy Chief having served for 24 yrs. and a Software Engineer for 26 yrs.
Charles was born in Sparta Wisconsin. After he graduated from Kaiserslautern High School in Germany he enlisted in the US Navy. He served with RVAH-1 which responded to the seizure of the USS Pueblo, RVAH-12 during Vietnam and RVAH-3, RVAH-9 until the RC-5C Vigilante planes were retired. In 1977 he went on Active Reserves attending and graduating from Florida Atlantic University. He returned to active duty serving at FASTORAGRULANT NAS Brunswick ME after which he served with Fighter Squadron VF-33 NAS Oceana VA. In April 1986 VF-33 was deployed on the USS America and participated in "Operation El Dorado Canyon" the bombing of Libya. While serving with VF-33, Charles a self-taught programmer, created "The Naval Aircraft and Flight Record Management System" a software program. This program saved hundreds of man hours and was adopted Fleet wide. As a result Charles received his third Navy Achievement Medal and a cash award which he promptly spent on a newer, bigger and faster computer system.
While serving at Naval Ocean Systems Center Point Loma, San Diego CA Charles attained his Masters in Software Engineering from National University. Upon retiring he joined TRW as a Systems Software Engineer and relocated to Leesburg Virginia where he work on projects for NOAA and the FAA. When opportunity knocked, he joined Gensym Corp. where he was a Sr. Software Consultant for 10 yrs. before joining Northrup Grumman from which he retired.
Zeke was a true renaissance man ever learning and growing; mastering and succeeding in all of his endeavors. He was an accomplished artist in many mediums; fine furniture maker, photographer, skilled wood tuner, and adept at pen and ink sketching. He built his own computer numerical navigated router and most recently was playing with his CO2 laser cutter. His largest and perhaps most memorable achievement was a decade long rehabilitation and expansion of an historic house, turning it into his retirement home in Colonial Beach.
He enjoyed his season tickets to the Washington Nationals beginning in 2005. Zeke was a long time member of CAW-Capital Area Woodworkers. After retiring he became very active with "Fredwerks" a MakerLab in Fredericksburg. One of Zeke's last achievements in February was to regain his Ham Radio license choosing the vanity call sign of W4KTY in honor of his wife of 36 yrs. He never wasted a single day of his life.
Charles is survived by his beloved and adored wife Kathryn 'Kate' Miller of Colonial Beach, his good friend and son Jon K Miller (Janice) of Culpeper VA, only brother Donald G Miller (Karen Winston) of Spokane WA, much loved grandchildren Devin J Miller and Karli A Miller of Culpeper Va. Additionally he is survived by his sister-in-law Jacqueline S Traner (Mike) of Boca Raton FL, brother-in-law Thomas B McCullough (Marla) of Venice CA, and two favorite nephews Michael T Traner of Austin TX and Tommy P Traner of Boca Raton FL. Charles was predeceased by his parents James G and Alice M Miller.
His Family invites friends of Charles 'Zeke' Miller to join them at an inurnment service at Arlington National Cemetery Tuesday Sept. 20th at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Charles J. Miller to the Inova Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiac Surgery Research Fund/Fund #367. On the memo portion of a check or a small note accompanying the donation, it can be specified who the contribution is made in memory of and the program the gift is to be earmarked. Inova Health Foundation, 8110 Gatehouse Road, Suite 200 East, Falls Church, VA 22042