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March 28, 1935 – Jan. 1, 2014

John E. Miller, a local businessman specializing in kitchen supplies, died New Year’s Day at his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Miller was educated at Kensington Business School and went on to build Modern Kitchens from a two-man operation to a major supplier to local homebuilders, opening one of the first kitchen specialty stores.

He held microwave cooking classes and became known throughout the region as “Mr. Microwave.”

Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Army.

He was fond of woodworking and photography, and was a lifelong world traveler.

Mr. Miller was a member of the Niagara Frontier Builders Association.

He volunteered at the Herschell Carrousel Museum in North Tonawanda and was a member of George F. Lamm Post, American Legion.

His firstt wife, Mary Ann Weir Miller, died.

He is survived by his wife, the former Judith E. Rung; a daughter, Sheryl Canfield; a stepdaughter, Karen LaChance; five sons, John Jr., Patrick, Ronald, Timothy and Phillip; a step-son, Jonathan LaChance; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.