on March 29, 2013 - 8:32 AM
July 11, 1919 – March 26, 2013
Donald V. Miller, of Clarence, who built warplanes during World War II, had a long career as a product safety inspector and also was an accomplished musician, painter and woodcarver, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 93.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bennett High School. After attending Buffalo Aeronautics School, he worked for Curtiss-Wright during World War II, building and inspecting the P-40 Warhawk fighter plane and C-46 Commando transport plane.
In 1950, he joined the Buffalo office of Underwriters Laboratories, the product safety testing and certification organization. A senior inspector, he retired in 1981.
Mr. Miller was an accomplished musician and painter. He studied at the Art Institute of Buffalo after high school and created oil paintings and watercolors of landscapes.
A pianist and organist, he was a member of the Buffalo Chapter of the American Theater Organ Enthusiasts.
The son of a carpenter, he was a skilled woodworker. As a member of the Clarence Senior Center, he helped establish the woodcarving program and was an instructor for more than 25 years.
He won awards at the Erie County Fair and other local shows for his carvings of birds and animals.
Mr. Miller was a member of Clarence Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years.
He enjoyed traveling and camping across New York State and boating and fishing in the Finger Lakes.
His wife of 52 years, Betty Jeanne DePotty Miller, died in 1993. Survivors include a son, Robert D.
A memorial service will be at noon Wednesday in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.