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Miller, former part-owner of Indians, Cavaliers, dies

March 17, 1997

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Richard Miller, former part-owner of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers, died Saturday of cancer at Cleveland Clinic Hospital. He was 65.

Miller was part owner of the Indians from 1972 to 1985. He was the largest shareholder of the Cavaliers from 1970 to 1985 and the largest shareholder of the Cleveland Crusaders hockey team during the 1970s.

He was president of Cleveland Broadcasting Inc. and president of Miller Broadcasting Inc. He owned and operated 11 radio stations from 1966 to 1987.

Miller graduated from Notre Dame in 1953 and from its law school in 1955. He and his father, Ray Miller, mayor of Cleveland from 1930 to 1932, founded the Cleveland law firm of Miller and Miller.

Richard Miller was the Ohio coordinator for Edmund Muskie’s presidential bid during the 1972 convention.

He is survived by his wife, Ernistine; sons James of Cleveland Heights, William of Newbury Township and Matthew of Greensboro, N.C.; daughters Suanne Dress of Toledo, Elizabeth Seth of Dallas, Ore., and Judith Miller of Urbana, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, and two sisters.

Services are scheduled for Wednesday at St. Ann Catholic Church.

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