Ryszard Miller of Riverhead died Dec. 15, 2017 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care. He was 89 years old.
He was born in Poland on Dec. 26, 1927 to Antony and Jzabella Loskoczynski.
He served in both the Polish Army and the U.S. Army. He was part of the Polish Resistance and a survivor of a German hard labor work camp. He served as a guard during the Nuremberg trials in 1945. After coming to America in 1949 he served in the Korean War. Later he was sent to Germany to find war criminals. He spoke 11 languages.
He worked as a laborer with the Suffolk County Department of Public Works vector control. He was a member of the Riverhead VFW, the Train Collectors Association, the East End Surf Club and the Railroad Museum of Long Island. In his spare time, he enjoyed collecting toy trains, fishing and cooking traditional Polish meals.
Predeceased by his wife Jennie (Drozd) in 2002, he is survived by his children Richard Miller of Riverhead, Mary Sarian of Flanders and Sharon Washick of Riverhead, by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home. A funeral service is planned for Wednesday, Dec.20 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Isidore R.C. Church. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice.