Russell E. Miller, III
Russell E. Miller, III, 90, a Ft. Myers, FL resident for the last 12 years, formerly of St. Augustine, FL, and Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Ft. Myers. He was born April 22, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA to Russell Miller, Jr. and Florence Miller, now deceased.
Russ was an active member of the All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, Ft. Myers and served in the US Coast Guard during WWII. He grew up on a farm in Ambler, PA to become a complete Renaissance man. Russ built a prominent career in PA as a realtor with his wife, Winnie, taught attorneys in real estate and estate planning, gave testimony to Congress supporting fair mortgage payment options for home owners, authored books on estate planning, and served as President of the Delaware County Real Estate Board in PA. For 25 years, Russ hosted popular WWDB-FM radio show “Real Estate and Your Estate, with Russ Miller”, right through retirement. He was a member of Broadcast Pioneers and a ham radio operator, K3NYN. Throughout his life, Russ was a multifaceted artist: a photographer, a writer, a musician, a painter and sculptor. His later years were in Fort Myers where he played piano daily for a live audience, produced monthly live variety shows and open mic nights for writers to perform their work. He was a member of Gulf Coast Writer’s Association. At 88 he launched a blog of his short stories, posting over 100 of them on www.RussMillerStories.com. At 90, Russ left behind his first novel, completed to chapter 32, with a final conversation to his daughters of how to write the ending for him. Russ Miller will be remembered as an example of a life fulfilled, never wasting a talent, never wasting a day right up to the last one.
He is survived by his two loving daughters, Connie Bottinelli of Ft. Myers and Tina Crumpacker and husband Peter of Ft. Myers Beach, FL; two grandchildren, Maegan McManus and husband Chief Brian McManus of Pensacola, FL and Devon JM Crumpacker and wife Sydney of St. Petersburg, FL; as well as two great grandchildren, Brigid and Henry.
Russell was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Winifred V. Miller in 2008.
Celebration of Life services will be held 6:30PM on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL 33901 with Rev. Wayne Robinson officiating.
Celebration of Life services in Pennsylvania will be held in the near future; day, time and location to be announced.
Memorial contributions in memory of Russell E. Miller, III are suggested to All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL 33901 or Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book, which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care.