Col. Delbert "Del" Franklin Miller died July 14, 2016, in Austin, Texas.
He was born in Delta and was a graduate of the Air Force Academy and served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years. As a member of the 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron, he was deployed to Southeast Asia to fly 17 combat missions over North Vietnam in the F-105. In 1968 he was assigned to the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base where he flew 124 combat missions, also in the F-105. He also flew and trained air crews in the F-111.
After retiring from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, he worked for the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Miller; his mother, Edna Mae Ives of Delta; his stepsister, Betty Ellis; stepbrother, Mike Ives; daughters, Stephanie Miller, Tracy Lemmond and Paige Green; his son, Derek Miller; and their children, Luke, Gretchen, Kendrick, Vance, Joyce, Conner, Anderson and Verity.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Miller; stepfather, Allen Ives; and brother, Douglas Miller.
A memorial service was held in Austin, Texas, July 20.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Airman program at www.afa.org.