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Deryll J. Miller

January 29, 1952 ~ February 14, 2021 (age 69)


It is with infinite sadness that we note the passing of Deryll J. Miller, of Copake, on Sunday, February 14, 2021. 


Born January 29, 1952 in Hudson NY, he was the son of the late George Jr. and Evelyn (Smith) Miller.


He attended the Roeliff Jansen Central School.  Like his father, “Junior”, he started working as a farmer. He later on worked for the town of Copake highway department as a MEO for many years.  In 1998, he began working at the Taconic State Park in Copake Falls as a park worker and weed harvester operator until he retired in 2018. 


Left to cherish his memory are his devoted and loving family; his wife Cindy (Bonafide) Miller of 48 years, his daughters Melissa Miller and Jennifer (David) Mosher, and was “Grampy” to his adoring granddaughters, Elora and Sophia Mosher who were the lights of his life.  He is 1 of 7 brothers and sisters; Betty Elaine Miller, Marcia (Dennis) Brunow, Wayne (Fran) Miller, Nancy Luther, George Miller and Dennis (Shelley)Miller. Deryll is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. 


Deryll was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Amon Holt. 


In 1970, Deryll joined the Copake Fire Company.  He held the titles of firefighter, Captain, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief and Chief. Deryll was so dedicated to the Copake Fire Company that no matter the call, day or night, even when he lived in Catskill, he would be there. 


He was a co-chairman of the FASNY softball tournament in 1992. In the volunteer fireman softball league, he pitched for the Copake Fire Department’s softball team and also as the Coach, lead the team to many first place victories. 

In 2020, Deryll became a 50 year life member of the Copake Fire Company and was recognized by FASNY for his dedicated services. 

In both 2017 and 2020, he was honored by the Red Knights Motorcycle Club for his services with the Copake Fire Company.


Deryll was a hard-working man that would do anything for his family and his friends. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR, the Yankees and wrestling.

Deryll’s family meant everything to him and him to them. 


Friends and relatives may call at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, 8063 Route 22, Copake NY 12516, on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 2 to 5 pm. A brief ceremony will conclude the services. Internment will be at the convenience of the family.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at, the American Stroke Association at,  the Copake Fire Company, 390 County Route 7A Copake, NY 12516 or the Community Rescue Squad at


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February 20, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Peck and Peck Funeral Homes, Inc.
8063 Route 22
Copake, NY 12516

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