James Dennis Miller

December 9, 1932April 26, 2021
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James Miller

James Miller, 88 years old, of Warren, MI passed away on April 26, 2021 after a brief illness.

Jim was an amazing father, grandfather, and husband who was always there for his family and friends. He was humble, kind, smart, faith-filled, and made fast friends with everyone he met. Touching so many hearts, he was an inspiration to us all.

Born in Detroit, he graduated from Assumption Grotto grade school and St Joseph Catholic High School in Detroit before joining the United States Air Force. While in the service he earned four medals: Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and UN Service Medal as part of the 1st Radio Squadron Mobile division stationed in Japan. In recent years he had been attending their conferences in Texas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

After leaving the service Jim joined the General Motors Design team as a designer engineer in both the Chevy 3 and Buick studios, which was a great honor to him. After he retired he mentored many new designers who began their careers with GM.

Through the years Jim enjoyed playing softball and was coach and pitcher for the Chevy Blues. Following in his father's footsteps, he was also an avid bowler. He loved following many of the local sports teams and enjoyed playing cards. He loved travelling, especially his visits to Japan and Italy. He also became a member of the National Cryptographic Society. You could find him staying active walking around his neighborhood enjoying the outdoors.

Jim was deeply rooted in his Catholic faith and was a member of St Faustina's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Most recently he became involved in the founding and support of the Chesterton Academy classical high school as well as support of Men of the Sacred Hearts.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Rosalie Miller, parents Claude S Miller and Lillian MacInnis, brothers Steven and Charles Miller, grand daughter Rebecca Miller and many other family members. He is survived by his children Pattie Miller, Ron (Mie) Miller, Tim Miller, David (Alejandra) Miller, and James (Andrea) Miller. He's also survived by his grandchildren Janee Shaffer, Erin Shaffer, Tyler Miller, Kyra Miller, Jeff Miller, Maximiliano Miller, Nathan Miller, Nicolás Miller, Jacinta Miller, and Charlie Miller. He is also survived by his friend Camille Deemer.

Visitation will be Friday April 30th at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Warren 2p-8p. Funeral service will be at The Holy Family Catholic Church in Detroit, lying in state at 9:30am and mass at 10:00am. Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Southfield, MI following the mass.


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Instate

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


James Dennis Miller

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Shannon Michie

May 3, 2021

James was such a lovely, kind man. He loved his God, his family, his friends and his country.
I am honored to have know him. I know he will be greatly missed by so many. God bless you all

Leif Chapman

April 30, 2021

Jim Miller was the father of the Blues.

Gary Staniec

April 30, 2021

When I was hired in 1979 Jim was the first person I had the opportunity to work with . He taught me how to use the PDQ to record points . I picked he wrote , he was kind ,patient , and always had a smile. He asked me to play on the Chevy Blues and I got to meet a bunch of great guys. I will always remember him and cherish the time I had with him. God bless you Jim and thank you for everything.

Jim Haberek

April 29, 2021

Worked with Jim at GM Design from time to time. He was a quiet, kind, knowledgeable guy. Sorry to hear he passed away.

James C Miller

April 29, 2021

Two buddies having lunch at one of their favorite places to eat! He was such a great Dad. Loved his kids and grandkids so much! We will miss him very dearly. He cared so much about us. We love you Dad!!

Ron Miller

April 29, 2021

Dad posing with the "James Rifle" cannon from the Civil War at Balls Bluff battlefield in Leesburg, VA. (2016)


April 29, 2021

Jim was one of finest people I have ever met, worked quite a few years with him at Gm, he made me feel at home, always there to lend a helping hand, I'm so sorry for your loss to the family, he was a special person, they don't come around every day, Prays to the family,

Steve Szabo

April 29, 2021

To All the Miller Kids,

Your Dad will sure be missed. Still have great memories of your Mom and Dad bringing all of you to all of the family gatherings for Christmas and celebrating all the various birthdays over the years. May all those wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

Marina LaRocca

April 28, 2021

Dear David, Alejandra and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace and may all who mourn him find comfort in the Lord. You are in our prayers. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4
Marina, Steve & Family

Lois Rork

April 28, 2021

So sorry for your loss. thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Grandpa and Janee... Mom watching from the kitchen


Brief stop on our way to the UP... Grandpa and Erin


James with the "James Rifle" from the Civil War.

Balls Bluff Battlefield, Leesburg, VA


Dad with a Russian made LADA in Rome.


In San Gimignano, Italy (2009)


Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square.

Rome, Italy (2009)


Dad in Torino, Italy (2009)


Dinner in Torino, Italy (2009)


Dad always seemed larger than life, but not in front of this door to Dave's place!

Torino, Italy (2009)