Meadville Tribune

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December 20, 2012

William J. Miller

TITUSVILLE — William J. Miller, 86, of 8281 Lesh Road, Titusville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at his residence.

Bill was born May 7, 1926, at Centerville, a son of the late Michael and Ruth Farmin Miller. He was married to Genevieve Niedbala on Feb. 26, 1949, at Dunkirk, N.Y. She preceded him in death on April 1, 1997.

Bill was a graduate of the Titusville High School, class of 1944. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy as an electrician’s mate from 1944 until his honorable discharge in 1946.

He had been employed at Western Electric; General Electric in Erie; 20 years at the former Struthers Wells Corp. in Titusville until its closing, at which time he went to work for the former Cyclops Specialty Steel Corp. from where he retired in 1991.

He was a life member of Bruce Shorts Post 5958 Veterans of Foreign Wars; a member of ARRL (American Radio Relay League); and a member of EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association). He was an avid golfer and enjoyed taking care of the family farm and gardening.

He is survived by three sons, William J. Miller Jr. and wife, Sam, of Mansfield, Tenn., Robert M. Miller of Titusville, and Gene Miller and wife, Kelli, of Jensen Beach, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Geoffrey Miller, Taylor Miller, Lindsay Knapp and Lauren Knapp, all of Parker, Colo.; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Jennifer Budd of Stuart, Fla., and Ashley Budd; two great-great-grandchildren, Jasmine Budd and Braelin Budd of Newnan, Ga.; his granddaughter-in-law, Becky Miller of Parker, Colo.; a sister, Doris Cook of Titusville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Gary M. Miller; and three sisters, Phyllis Southwick, Nancy Miller and Lois Hawkins.

Friends may call at Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home, 303 N. Washington St., Titusville, on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and attend the funeral service there on Sunday at 2 p.m., with Pastor Gary Kinnear officiating.

Full military rites will be conducted by officers and members of the Bruce Shorts Post 5958 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Interment will be in St. Catharines Cemetery.

The family asks that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one’s choice.

If you would like to leave a condolence for the family, go to garrettfuneralhomeinc.com.

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