Warren Miller obit

Warren D. Miller Jr. of Williamsville, the last private owner of the Williamsville Water Mill and a retired Army colonel, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer and heart disease. He was 68.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Miller had a 30-year career with the Army, retiring in 1997. He served with the 221st Engineers Group, the 209th Field Artillery Brigade and the 42nd Infantry Division at Masten Avenue Armory.

The Williamsville Water Mill was in his family for 139 years and was the oldest, continuously operating business in Western New York.

With Mr. Miller at the helm from 1986 to 2004, the milling operation continued as it had during the 1800s, using the original milling stones imported from France and water from Ellicott Creek to run the turbines.

He was responsible for upgrading the mill’s cider-processing business by lining the original wood pressing equipment with stainless steel and instituting a method of removing bacteria and other pathogens from the cider by using an ultraviolet process developed at Cornell University.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville.
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