Thomas J. Miller, 84

Thomas J. Miller, 84, formerly of 129 Villa Nova Blvd., and a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community died at 8:35 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at Otterbein St. Marys.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Theodore and Thelma (Clark) Miller.

He married Beverly Heil on March 13, 1948, and she survives at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.

He is also survived by four children, Lean (Stan) Wendel of Vandalia, Miss.; Vicki (Terry) Roode of Celina, David (Mary Ellen) Miller of St. Marys and Nancy (Tim) Gross of St. Marys; by nine grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and by a son, Tommy Miller.

Tom was a 1947 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He retired from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, where he served as a dredge operator at many state parks in Ohio, including East Harbor State Park and Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. He had also worked at St. Marys Trucking and for many years operated his own sign painting company. He enjoyed bowling and auto racing and loved to travel. He loved working in his garage, where he designed and built a street legal car and a pontoon boat.

Funeral rites will be held at noon Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road.

Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the funeral home, where memorial gifts may be given to the Tom Miller Tree Fund. The money will be used to plant trees at Grand Lake St. Marys.

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