OBITUARY

Thomas Lawrence Miller

March 7, 1943October 21, 2012

Thomas Lawrence Miller, 69, of Pataskala passed away on October 21, 2012. Born on March 7, 1943 to the late Louis and Barbara (Johnyak) Miller in Barberton, Ohio. Tom graduated from Norwayne High School. He was very kind and loving, especially to his wife Orfelina, his children and grandchildren. Served in the US Air Force for 4 years, pursued his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at The Ohio State University and remains an avid Buckeye Fan. He was a person that will do anything he can to help others. He’s well known in the community especially in the Philippine and Asian community. He will be greatly missed. He is served by wife of 42 years Orfelina (Rosales) Miller, son Richard (Julie) Miller and daughter Sherri Miller, grandchildren Alexander, Maxwell and Zachary, siblings Robert, Steven and Leslie Smeller, Judy Davisson, many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Kauber-Sammons Funeral Home, Pataskala on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 2 until time of service at 4pm with Pastor John Hays officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to PASCO P.O. Box 14271, Columbus, Ohio 43214.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 27, 2012
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Sharon Villavecer

October 30, 2012

Even though we are far away in distance, our sadness and tears are no less for you and your family on the loss of your husband and father. Tom was such a wonderful man. We all have good memories of him through the years. He was so involved in the PASCO organization. I know that Virgil enjoyed working with him so much on Ameri-Flora and the Asian Festivals and all of the other activities. I am sure that everyone appreciated his dedication to the Filipino community and to his family. For me, he was always a welcome face in the crowd, sometimes he and I were the only two people in the room with light hair! He was always so nice to me, making me feel welcome at the parties, especially when Virgil and I were first dating and going to the PASCO events. It was so nice of him to always talk to me. My boys recalled going to your home and farm for Pig Roasts and also to pick strawberries. They were young but they really enjoyed picking the strawberries with grandma and making dessert for everyone at her house. I know that Dr. V. thought the world of Tom too, that just goes without saying and Lina is heartbroken for you. Our tears could fill a river right now and we wish we could be there for you in person but our thoughts and prayers will have to do for now in this time of grief. May your wonderful memories of him bring you comfort now and the love of your family, friends and the Lord Jesus Christ fill you up with only joy and the peace that this world cannot give. We have never forgotten you, Tom or your children. Sending love to you from our family, Virgil, Sharon, Michael and Daniel Villavecer Also Rosalina Villavecer and Elena Dulay

Sandra Bell

October 29, 2012

I am so sorry to hear that Tom has passed over and in such a hard way. Orfie, you and Tom were such a fun filled blessing to all of us at the Jitterbug Cafe and in the Sockhop Club in Columbus. I miss you and will always carry with me, only the most pleasant thoughts of the happiness you and Tom shared. He would not want you to be afraid, Orfie, but will watch over you always.

Sherry Hart & Iris Lawson

October 27, 2012

We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with Dr. Miller and his family and friends. May God be with you.

Jeremy Nestor

October 27, 2012

God Bless the family. I will miss you Tom where our business together became friendship. I will do whatever I can to help your family.

October 27, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We have such fond memories when we were preparing for the Nipa Hut for the July 4th parade. Tom, may your body and soul rest in peace.
Orfie, may God grant you peace and understanding during this time of griefing.

Larry and Myrna Pangalangan (Hilliard, Oh)

Mike Gallagher

October 27, 2012

My heartfelt sympathies to all the family. Tom taught me a lot about construction/carpentry when I worked for him in high school. This tragedy caused me to reflect on many memories, but here are a few to note:
• My first week on the job, after he taught me how to work a circular saw, I cut the cord off. He was totally patient with the mistake.
• Another greenhorn moment came when we were on ladders siding a house. I leaned out too far nailing and the ladder flipped and slid into Tom - who grabbed the ladder and threw us back safely to the wall. We were 20 feet up. He was totally patient with my mistake.
• Yet again another time, I dropped my hammer from a ladder and it hit his head while working below me. He simply said: "You gotta watch that".
The point: He was always a gracious and kind man. I wish I could be talking with him now to tell him that.

My prayers to all related as family or friend!

Steve and Amy

October 27, 2012

Tom gave us a gift for life when he built a beautiful deck on the back of our house. When we are out there, which is quite often, we always feel grateful that he built it for us. Tom, you will always be in our hearts. Steve and I will miss you.

October 27, 2012

We lost a very dear friend. We are comforted by cherished memories of this friendship and the thought that he is in a good place now.

Jerry and Connie (Columbus, OH)

Bernie and Janyce Hickman

October 26, 2012

Dear sweet Orfie,
We have no words to truly express our sorrow of Tom's tragedy. We have such fond memories of our dancing and laughing together. May God grant you peach beyond all understanding during this time of grieving. Tom is in heaven with his Savior Jesus Christ and we will reunite with him each in our own time.
Love,
Bernie and Janyce Hickman

October 26, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We will always be grateful for all he did for Sutton and Dan and their kids. What a neighbor! Our family shares in your sorrow and prays for your loss of this wonderful man
Paris and Diana Salyers