OBITUARY

Thomas Miller

January 11, 1924December 31, 2012

Thomas Miller, 88, of Harrisburg, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, December 31, 2012. He was born in Dubois, Pa, he was the son of the late Anthony and Violet Miller, and was preceded in death by his 2 sons, Thomas B. Miller and William D. Miller. He was married for 65 years to his best friend and childhood sweetheart, Jean E. (Schroeder) Miller; his daughter, Patricia Bowers, her husband, Gregory, of Camp Hill; 2 granddaughters, Christina Wiebner, of Etters and Melissa Dougherty, her husband, Charles, of Harrisburg; his grandson, Jason C. Miller, of Mechanicsburg; and 2 great-grandchildren, Robert Lee Miller and Isabella Dougherty. Tom served honorably in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 17th Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge in WW II, and was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was a graduate of Central High School, Scranton, PA, Keystone Jr. College and the University of Scranton, with a degree in Business Administration. He worked for Time Life Inc. and Sports Illustrated in Philadelphia; and moved his family to Harrisburg in 1958 to work for Harrisburg Paper Co., from which he retired as Vice President of sales. He was a member of Paxton Presbyterian Church, the former Colonial Country Club, and the Central Penn Fitness Center. He felt his greatest accomplishment in his life was being a husband, father, and grandfather. A viewing will be held 10:00 am and the Funeral Service at 11:00 am Friday, January 4, 2013 in the Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon St., Harrisburg. Burial will be in Shoop’s Garden of Rest Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2013
REMEMBERING

Thomas Miller

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February 3, 2013

I was in the 194th Glider Regt of the 17th Airborne...I also went to Keystone and graduated with the Class of 1948.
Very sorry to hear of your loss.

Franklin Dentz Sanibel, FL

Wesley Haex

January 15, 2013

On behalf of our Margraten Memorial Group 17th Airborne, our sincere condolences with the loss of veteran Thomas Miller. Our thoughts are with his family in this time of grief.

MMG 17th ABN

Isaac Epps

January 15, 2013

On Behalf of the Scions of the 17th Airborne and the 17th Family; may I say that we are saddened to hear of the passing of Trooper Miller. May God's Healing Hand be on his family as they grieve together now.

January 15, 2013

Tom was credit to his family, his community and his country. He was a valiant soldier and we paratrooper veterans of World War II will miss him. His was a life well lived.
John Kormann, Colonel AUS Ret., Past President, 17th Airborne Division Assn.

Melvin Lagoon

January 14, 2013

You have our sympathy , Melvin Lagoon , from ,Com.E.193,

Real Desmarets

January 14, 2013

We were terribly upset to hear of the passing of your husband and send you and your family our most sincere condolences in your very sad loss.
Marianne & Real
Belgium

Edward Siergiej

January 14, 2013

On behalf of our now dissolved 17th Airborne Division Association may we say farewell to a distinguished and valued comrade. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jean and family during this difficult period.

Ed Siergiej
17th Airborne Division WWII
Dowling Park, Florida

Tanja (Staznik) Zerbe

January 8, 2013

Jason, Patti and Jean - so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

January 5, 2013

Dear Jean and family;
I just returned from visiting my son in Florida, so I missed the service for Tom.
He was a fine gentleman. Tom was the very first person to congratulate me when I was transferred to the sales force at Harrisburg Paper Company. In fact, he knew long before I did that I should be in sales and predicted I would be successful, and he was right. In doing so, he was going against the general thinking of many at the company. He never took himself seriously or made anything of his position, but always did everything he could to encourage us "new" guys. One of my favorite memories of Tom was of a bald guy handing out pocket conbs with his name printed on them, saying we should have his comb because he did not need one any more. Tom was a good mentor. He made a difference in my life for which I will always be grateful.
God bless his memory and bring you Peace.
Walt Rospendowski

Debbie Wallace

January 5, 2013

Dear Patti and family - Thinking of you and remembering the family in prayer. To be absent on earth is to be present with God. Debbie