Vollie Gene Miller
Vollie Gene Miller ACC, USN (Ret) “Chief” peacefully entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the age of 79. Beloved and dedicated husband of Janice Todaro Miller for 39 years. Son of the late Joseph Vollie Miller and Myrtle Allbritton Miller. Loving father of Elizabeth M. Campbell (Brent) and Jennifer M. Andras. Beloved grandfather of Ryan Andras (Amanda), Jessica Andras, Alex Campbell and Cory Campbell. Loving great grandfather of Soren Andras. Brother of Bettye M. Collins (John) and the late Jeanette M. Beard. Vollie is also survived by nieces and nephews. He was born in Louisville, Mississippi and a resided in Harvey, Louisiana. Vollie graduated from Louisville High School, Class of ‘58 and the following day he entered the United States Navy. He had a 25 year career; he retired as Air Control Chief, NAS Belle Chasse. He was qualified to control aircraft ashore and afloat. He was stationed at numerous bases around the world and served in the Pacific Fleet. Highlights will include, the Early Warning Squadron during the Cuban Missile Crisis; Daily flying from Iceland to the Bahamas to patrol the East Coast of the United States. He served four tours in Vietnam aboard the USS Ticonderoga and USS Midway. He was aboard the USS Midway for Operation Frequent Wind at the fall of Vietnam and the evacuation of Saigon. Although that was a dark day, he took great pride in participating in the evacuation of over 3,000 Vietnamese refugees. He retired from the United States Navy in 1982. He then graduated Delgado Community College and Our Lady of Holy Cross College New Orleans and received his Bachelor Degree in Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA). “Chief” was a Safety Inspector at Avondale Shipyards for approximately 15 years. Continuing his love to go to sea, he enjoyed over 65 cruise vacations with family and friends. Family and friends attended the visitation and funeral service at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, LA; with United States Navy Honors. Family and friends may offer condolences at mothefunerals.com.