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Cory “Poor Cory” Miller

Posted: Friday, Jan 4th, 2013

MILLER—Cory “Poor Cory” Miller, 70, of Florence, passed away Dec. 23, 2012.

He was born July 3, 1942, in Tucumcari, N.M., to Leolabel and JA Miller, who passed away in 1991 and 1998, respectively.

Cory graduated from Glendora High School in Glendora, Calif., with the Class of 1960. At age 19, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he spent 21 years, the last 12 of which he spent serving his country with excellence as a boom operator and earning many accommodation medals for outstanding service as an in-flight refueling technician.

He was consistently recommended for promotion above his peers and never accepted anything less than perfection from himself. After retiring from the Air Force, he accepted a contract position with the Department of Defense as an in-flight refueling instructor with the KC-10 program at March AFB.

He completed 21 years as an instructor before retiring again, this time for good, to Florence.

He lived in the Florence area for the last eight years of his life with his wife, Paula, and Primero, their African grey parrot.

He was known as “Poor Cory” to most of his friends and family, and was also known as the “Candy Man” to most residents in Florence.

He always had a good word for everyone he met, and always had a funny story or two.

Life with Cory was always a super adventure; he always had something planned, something to do, and he will never be forgotten.

Cory is survived by his wife, Paula; his sister, Cassy Clark of Reno, Nev.; his two sons, Steven and Curtis Miller of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Bullhead City, Ariz., respectively; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 5 at the Florence Elks Lodge at 2 p.m.

Contributions can be made to the Florence Area Humane Society and can be left with Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

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