Lt. Bret Travis Miller

Dec. 22, 1978 - Oct. 28, 2009

Lt. Bret Travis Miller, 30, died Oct. 28, 2009, while flying a training mission over the gulf coast of Texas. Bret was born in Oconomowoc on Dec. 22, 1978, the son of Rick and Judy (Neumann) Miller, the youngest of three children.

Bret grew up in East Troy. He graduated from East Troy High School with the class of 1997. He was well known for his academic and athletic achievements. He was a National Honor Society scholar, as well as the schools all-time leading scorer in basketball. Bret was a four-time varsity letterwinner in golf and basketball, and graduated with high honors. Bret earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he graduated with the class of 2001. He continued to play basketball and earned a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering. Upon graduation from USNA in 2001, Bret discovered his love of naval aviation. He attended primary flight training at VT-28, followed by advanced multi-engine training at VT-31, where he earned his Wings of Gold.

Following additional training at the FRS, he reported to the War Eagles of VP-16 for his fleet tour. Bret earned qualifications as Patrol Plane Commander, FCF Pilot, Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot, and successfully completed two deployments. Bret was a leader and a professional in every sense. He essentially held every qualification in the T-34. Bret married the true love of his life, Brianne M. Voss, on Oct. 8, 2005, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Elkhorn. While serving in Jacksonville, Fla., they welcomed their first son, Chase, in February 2007, and patiently awaited the arrival of their second son in March 2010.

Bret was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife, Brianne; son, Chase; parents, Rick and Judy Miller of East Troy; mother-in-law, Twila Voss of Elkhorn; one sister, Tara Gary) Grocholski of North Prairie; one brother, Chad (Laura) Miller of Watertown; two nieces, Hailey and Grace Grocholski; and one nephew, Noah Miller; one brother-in-law, Braidon Voss of Elkhorn; two sisters-in-law, Brittney Voss of Menomonie and Brooke Voss of Elkhorn; and grandparents, Elaine (Alex) Gamez of Pewaukee and Shirley Williams Bohrman of Oconomowoc.

Bret was preceded in death by his father-in-law, David Voss, and grandparents, Harold Neuman, Harry Ozzie (Shirley) Miller and Jack Buck Bohrman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the gymnasium at East Troy High School with the Rev. Maurice W. Lind officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, East Troy. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the high school.

Arrangements completed by Haase-Derrick-Lockwood Funeral Homes, Elkhorn. For and online obituary and guest registry, go to www.hdlfuneralhomes.com or www www.remembertherangers.com.