Industry mourns passing of Philip W. Miller

Philip W. Miller, 70, died in a tragic hiking accident while on vacation with his wife in Door County, Wisconsin, Sept. 23.

Miller was the owner of Global Recruiters Network-Elkhart. Prior to that he worked in the RV Industry in sales and marketing for many years and was a member of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

Earlier in his career, he was president of the family-owned Miller Theatres and built the Encore Park Theatre in Elkhart.

Miller was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Elkhart. He loved worshiping God through music by singing in the choir as well as the Trinity Men’s Quartet.

He was also very active in the City of Elkhart, and was the founding chairman of the Elkhart Jazz Festival. He was also a member of The Lerner Theatre Board of Directors and Elkhart Festivals Inc., and was chairman of the Parade Committee for the Elkhart Sesquicentennial.

Miller’s passion was flying. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1971 and served as a captain in the Air Force as a fighter pilot in the A-7D and instructor pilot in the F-5 and AT-38B jets. He rewrote the Fighter Lead-In Training Syllabus used by the Royal Saudi Air Force to transition its pilot training graduates into fighter aircraft.

He later served as Flight Operations Support branch manager for McDonnell Douglas Saudi Arabia providing training for F-15 pilots in the Royal Saudi Air Force’s 13th Fighter Squadron based in Dhahran.

He was affiliated with the United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

The RV industry veteran was born on Feb. 5, 1948, in Elkhart, to William and Ruth Miller. He married Vickie Ogle on May 1, 1993. Vickie survives along with two children, Daniela (Preston) Martin and Diana (Joel) Marmolejos, both of Elkhart; three grandsons; and his mother-in-law, Cyrilla Ogle.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Trinity United Methodist Children and Music Ministries or the EAA Young Eagles Program, dedicated to the mission of inspiring children in the world of aviation (Checks payable to EAA, P.O. Box 3816, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3816).

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SOURCE: Philip W. Miller obituary

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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