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Derrick Keith Miliner, age 61, passed away in Laurel, MD on Monday, August 9, 2021.
Born July 3, 1960 in Gadsden, AL. Son of Leon and Margaret (Williams) Miliner. He was baptized on August 14, 1973, at First Missionary Baptist Church, Alabama City, AL, and to present, member and Pastor Emeritus of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Laurel, MD. He graduated from Emma Sansom High School (1978), enlisted in the U.S. Army until 1981. Derrick retired in 2015, after 37 plus years of dedicated federal services. He managed the Mail Management Policy at GSA, proudly and unconditionally served our nation and the American people through his years of dedicated services at DoD and GSA. His experience, expertise, dedication, cherished memories, and presence will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. May his blessed memory be eternal!
Derrick is survived by his loving wife Robin of 33 years, and daughters Delreka, Danielle and Grace. He is also survived by a sister Ingrid ChaCha, two brothers Orlando Miliner and Delveonte (Wemmy) Collins and two grandsons Nathaniel and Keith, and a host of nieces and nephews. Derrick was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Margaret (Williams) Miliner and a brother Kenton.
Derrick’s Federal Career included the following, General Services Administration, served as Mail Program Manager with subject matter expertise for over 15 years. Supported several policy divisions in OGP including Office of Transportation and Asset Management front office, Motor Vehicle, Travel, Personal Property, and Committee Management Secretariat, 1997-2015. Department of Defense civilian, Motor Vehicle Operator, 1994-1997. U.S. Air Force, Lackland AFB, TX civilian, Motor Vehicle Operator, 1990-1994. U.S. Army, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., civilian, Motor Vehicle Team Leader and Operator, 1983-1990. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., Motor Vehicle Operator, 1981-1983, U.S. Army, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., civilian, Motor Vehicle Operator, 1981, and U.S. Army Active-Duty military, Motor Transport Operator, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., 1978-1981.
Derrick received several awards including the United States Postal Service Special Achievement Award and GSA’s Meritorious Service Team Award, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (1997), and a graduate degree in Telecommunications Management, University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD (2002), Lay Ministry Certification Concordia University, Mequon, WI (2003), and completed his Pastoral Certification, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (2019). He lived in Laurel, MD. Derrick was a member of and Pastor Emeritus (2019)at Our Savior Luther Church, Laurel, MD. Derrick also authored two books, “From the Projects to the Pulpit,” and “Brother You Can Do It.” He was also President of a nonprofit organization, “Helping Youth Grow.”
Derrick will be remembered as one of BIGGEST Dallas Cowboy Fans in the Washington, DC area. He loved to travel with his family and take Grace to Disney World, and visit friends and relatives as often as possible. Derrick will always be remembered for his contagious smile, encouraging words, ability to talk to anyone, anywhere, at any time, sense of humor and above all, his listening skills. We will remember him for his love of Jesus Christ and his ability to share the gospel with total strangers; he was loving and kind. He loved to fellowship and love one another as Christ loved everyone. His overall goal in life was to enjoy his life and be true to himself, help as many people as he could, speak God’s word in Truth and Spirit and to ensure that these words are written on everyone’s heart:” HE TRIED TO HELP SOMEBODY.” And he did, TRUST in the Lord.
Memorial Service for Rev. Derrick Keith Miliner will be held:
Saturday, September 4, 2021 at10:30 a.m.
Our Savior Lutheran Church
13611 Laurel-Bowie Road
Laurel, MD 20708
Relatives and friends are welcome after the service.
In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund Account has been set up (at Wells Fargo in his name) Derrick Miliner, for Grace Miliner (Zelle to email@example.com, check, cashier check, money order or cash to Robin Miliner). Or to Central Union Mission, Washington, DC or New Day of Laurel, MD.
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