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Taylor Miller, 93 year old former Buffalo and Woodward resident, passed away May 19, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. Graveside funeral services will be held May 25, 2016 at the High Point Cemetery in Buffalo with Pastor Jason Shepherd officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Richard Taylor Miller was born on August 28, 1922 in Rosston, Oklahoma to William Nolan and Mildred Lee (Showalter) Miller. Taylor was reared in Doby Springs and graduated from Buffalo High School.

He was a sergeant in the United States Army serving his country from 1944 until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He was also awarded a bronze star.

Taylor was united in marriage to Charlotte Washburn on January 4, 1944. To this union two children were born; a son, Arlin and a daughter, Karen.

Taylor was the under sheriff as well as the sheriff in Harper County for six years before moving to Woodward and going to work for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in 1964 repairing bridges. He retired from the state in 1985.

He was the commander of the Woodward VFW from 1995-1996 and the chaplain from 2001-2002. While in the army, Taylor was an avid boxer and he continued boxing for many years after his discharge. Taylor enjoyed fishing and playing cards with friends but what gave him the greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Taylor is survived by his two grandchildren, Greg Hulsey and wife Darcy of Edmond, Oklahoma and Lexie Benson and husband John of Paris, France; great grandchildren, Jack Hulsey, Clara Hulsey, Oliver Hulsey, and Laney Benson; two brothers, Jack Miller of Buffalo, Oklahoma and Merton Miller of Owasso, Oklahoma; one sister, Madeline Hill of San Francisco, California; other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Lou Miller; his son, Arlin Miller; his daughter, Karen Mooney; brothers, William Miller, Jr., Norval Miller, Allen Miller, Edmond Miller, Warner Miller; sisters, Mildred Rice and Bertha Miller.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on May 24, 2016
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