on November 13, 2013 - 8:35 PM
Nov. 24, 1939 – Nov. 11, 2013
Raymond C. Miller, former parts manager at Holiday Oldsmobile and parts representative for Buffalo Truck Center, died Monday at his home in North Boston after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in West Seneca and graduated from West Seneca West High School, where he was a standout baseball player.
He began his career in the automobile business in 1953 at age 14 as a lot boy for Gardenville Motors.
When the owner, Henry Wisniewski, expanded to a new car dealership, Henry Oldsmobile in Depew, Mr. Miller took on new responsibilities in the new dealership, eventually becoming service manager then parts manager of what ultimately became Holiday Oldsmobile.
Mr. Miller retired as a parts representative at Buffalo Truck Center in 2005.
While he was at Holiday Oldsmobile he pioneered the use of computer systems to communicate parts stock replenishment orders to General Motors.
Family member said it is believed he transmitted the first electronic stock replenishment order to GM via phone line.
After transmitting the order, he received a phone call from GM asking how he did it.
Over the years he received a number of recognitions from GM, Oldsmobile and Mopar, and in 1991 he was presented a certificate of appreciation from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for contributions to the nation’s defense.
Mr. Miller loved to dabble with computers systems.
He was an avid bowler and outdoorsman and in retirement enjoyed traveling throughout the country in his RV with MaryAnn, his wife of 53 years, including a trip to Alaska.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Kevin and Keith; two daughters, Jennifer Schunk and Julie Miller; and three sisters, Audrey Keicher, Joan Keicher and Joyce Smith.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park.