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Lawrence D. Miller, (Larry), a beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, and Friend, passed away November 22nd at the age of 84. He was born in Lansing, MI to Edwin A. Miller and Hazel F. Schoch on December 15, 1933. He resided in Lansing and Grand Ledge, MI for the first 44 years of his life and was a former employee of Fisher Body in Lansing, MI as an electrician, retiring in 1982. He also formed Miller Aviation in Grand Ledge, which he sold in 1982 before moving to Florida.
National Guards and Civil Air Patrol were other pursuits during the 1950s through the 60s.
After moving to Florida with his wife Louise, he continued his love for flying as a pilot for Dolphin Aviation for six years and Chief Pilot for Jones Aviation for 10. Along with his flying he also helped his wife Louise with her real estate business, as well as enjoying a good game of golf with cherished friends.
In 2008 the FAA presented Larry with the “Wright Brothers” Master Pilot award. It recognized his practice and promoting safe aircraft flight operations for 50 consecutive years.
Larry is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Louise; four children, Greg Miller of Lansing, MI; Janis Kenney (Ron) of Grand Ledge, MI; Julie Davison (Dave) of Eagle, MI; and Bethany Brady of Lebanon, OH.
Seven stepchildren, which he lovingly claimed as his own…. Chris Thompson of Plainwell, MI; Dave Cooper (Cathy) of Morristown, TN; Debbie Hale of Plainwell, MI; Scott Cooper (Yoshika) of West Bloomfield, MI; Jeff Cooper (Tammy) of Plainwell, MI; Val Adams (Randy) of Grand Ledge, MI, and Patrick Cooper (Shelly) of Plainwell, MI.
Two sisters, Norma Miller of Meadville, PA and Carolyn Sodini of Grand Ledge, MI; and one sister-in-law, Jean Sult of Sebring, FL.
He is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins, along with many cherished friends.
He was predeceased by his sister, Elaine Dunn.
A memorial was held December 10th in Bradenton, FL in the community which he resided in, officiated by good friend Don Bingham.