Conrad Miller

Conrad “Connie” J. Miller of Warrenton, Va., passed away June 26, 2019 at his home. He was 92 years old. Miller was born in Astoria, N.Y., on March 20, 1927, a son of the late Conrad J. Miller, Sr. and Edith O’Connell Miller.

He served in the U. S. Navy in both World War II and the Korean Conflict and then retired from the Nassau County Police Department in Nassau, N.Y., where he was a decorated undercover detective.

In 1978, he and his wife moved to Warrenton, Va., and built Fox Farm, a thoroughbred horse breeding operation. He then started Free State Industries, a glass manufacturing company in New Baltimore, Va., which became well-known in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Miller was a longtime member and former president of the Warrenton Rotary Club; a member of The Detective Association and The Quiet Flying Birdmen Club, holding many “fly-ins” at the airstrip he built at Fox Farm.

He is survived by his wife, Joan F. Miller; his three daughters, Kathy Samples and her husband Jerry, Debra Ann Gioielli and her husband, Gene, and Patricia Miller; six grandchildren, Brian Gioielli (Allie), Tracey Snyder (Blake), Thomas Gioielli (Megan), Christopher Samples, Steven Samples, Brenna Miller; and ten great grandchildren.

His funeral was held at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton on Monday, July 1 at 11 a.m. and interment was at Bright View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Dept., Attn: Hope McGee, 78 W. Lee Street, Warrenton, VA 20186. Please note in the memo line for the K-9 unit.

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  1. I started my career in the industry under this gentlemans leadership. Great mentor, forever grateful for his life and industry lessons.

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