by | Apr 20, 2018 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Claude Raymond Miller, 92, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 in a local hospital.

Born and raised in Norfolk, he was the son of the late Bessie Cohen Miller and Horace Miller. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Bernard Miller.

Mr. Miller was a graduate of Maury High School. He enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II having served on the troop transport U.S.S. Callaway and later served as a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol. After the war, he attended The Norfolk Division of William and Mary, V.P.I. Extension in Norfolk. He then opened his own refrigeration and cooling company. Then, he went to work for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Department where he served as a chief deputy with the rank of colonel and retired after 30 years of service. After his retirement, he served as a Boat Captain with Jack’s Launch Service.

Claude was an avid fisherman and truly loved being a waterman. He was a long time member and past commander and trustee of the American Legion Post No. 35, member of the Norfolk Masonic Lodge No. 1, the Khedive Shrine Center, the Police Association of Virginia, and Brith Sholom.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marlene Levinson Miller; a daughter, Robin M. Bailey and husband, Lance of Chesapeake; two granddaughters who he loved dearly, Shannon Bailey and Lauren Bailey and her fiancé, Dennis Wiltsey; his granddog, Macy; and great-granddog, Ludo; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service was conducted in the Norfolk Chapel of H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. with Rabbi Sender Haber officiating. Burial with masonic rites followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Congregation B’nai Israel, 420 Spotswood Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517 or the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be offered to the family through