Meadville Tribune

December 26, 2006


12/27/06 — Thomas Malcolm Miller, 65, a resident of Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community in Meadville since September 2005, died there Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, following a lengthy illness.

He was born Jan. 1, 1941, in Meadville, a son of Clyde M. and Mary Ellen Steere Miller.

He was a 1958 graduate of Meadville High School and a 1963 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in civil engineering.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserves from 1959 to 1965.

Tom was employed by the United States Forest Service throughout Washington, Oregon and Utah, where he worked as a civil engineer and land surveyor in addition to performing dam inspections, fire fighting, avalanche testing and prevention and chairlift weight inspections. In 1985, he was named surveyor of the year for the state of Oregon. He retired in 1998.

Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, clam digging, crabbing, camping, canoeing, sailing, biking, skiing, hiking and traveling with family and friends as well as photography and carpentry.

When not working or doing outdoor activities, he could be found helping with Girl Scout or Boy Scout activities, attending kids’ music recitals, tinkering on vehicles or showing someone how to build a wood project.

He was a member of American Society of Civil Engineers; American Congress of Surveying and Mapping; and National Society of Professional Engineers, where he served as chapter president; and Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon, where he also served as chapter president.

His volunteer activities included membership in the Environmental Association of Senior Involvement, French Creek Project and French Creek Valley Conservancy. For two years, he served as a crew member of the Erie Maritime Museum’s Brig Niagara.

Survivors include a daughter, Pegi Hueller of Eads, Colo.; his father, Clyde M. Miller of Meadville; two brothers, Theodore (Ted) Miller and his wife, Margy, of Batavia, N.Y., and Terrence (Terry) Miller and his wife, Linda, of Conneaut Lake; a granddaughter, Nytasha (Tasha) Hueller; his former wife, Gale Taylor Miller; his good and faithful friend, Joan Smallenberger of Meadville; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son, David Thomas Miller.

A memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced.

Arrangements are under the direction of Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, 581 Chestnut St., Meadville.