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.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.