From Bob Baker
Jack Richard Miller, of Odessa, Florida passed away Friday, 6th of August, 2010 from his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Danvers, Illinois on 25 October, 1935, he spent seventeen years in the USAF as a weather forecaster and trainer. He also received his BS degree while in the military. He has spent the majority of his adult life residing in Florida.
For over 40 years, Jack has been the voice of sprint car racing across the nation as both a track announcer and journalist, writing for Open Wheel Magazine, and Sprint Car & Midget Magazine.
Jack was inducted into three different Halls of Fame for his talents as a track announcer: the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2001; the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Belleville High Banks Hall of Fame in 2005.
Jack is survived by his wife of 23 years, Thelma Louise Miller; his children Angela, and Tommy; his step-children Kathy, Mike, and Cindy; and all of his grand and great grand children. He is also survived by brothers Gus and Carl and preceded in death by a daughter Vicki Lynn and another brother Keith.
A Celebration of Life – will be held at the United Methodist Church, 16301 Racetrack Road, Odessa, FL 33556 on Saturday, August 21st at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers: GIFTS may be made to: (MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO) T. LOUISE MILLER – C/O Bank of America, 13080 Race Track Rd., Tampa, FL 33626. Account # 229033604607. (Louise is not a 501(c)(3) and Bank of America requires this on donations/contributions and memorials)
Written by Jack . . . .
PLEASE DON’T CRY FOR ME by: Jack Miller
“If my soul has now left this existence on earth, please don’t cry for me. I have now rejoined so many other loved ones who have left before me, and my sharing with them in the afterlife will be forever.
Though the time on this earth seems so very limited, please don’t cry for me as I feel that I have shared several lifetimes. I have been blessed with beloved family members over all the years of my life. There is not time nor space to recount all the wondrous people who have touched my life. So many dear friends in such a short time. Please don’t cry for me. Delight, rejoice, sing and be happy for me. As I have enjoyed all of those things with each of you. It took each of you to fill my life, and my life was full.
We shall all meet again someday where we may continue the many happy moments we have shared. It has been a wonderful journey and my long trip has been complete. Please don’t cry for me.”
From all of us at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum . . . .
Godspeed Jack Miller