Thomas S. “Tom” Miller, 87, of Millersville, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
Born July 31, 1933, in Millersville, to Thomas B. and Mildred I. Stearns Miller, he was one of four children. Tom married Jo Diane Wise and they had three children, Beverly, Dana, and Thomas J. He later married Theresa Hotop and they had two children, Tim and Traci.
Tom was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from March, 1953 to April, 1954.
After returning from his military service, he worked several years at Marquette Cement Plant, and then worked over 40 years as a rural mail carrier for the post office in Jackson. Tom also row-copped and usually kept a few cattle too.
In recent years, he enjoyed the company of Mary Ruth Friedrich-Wheaton. Together they liked to spot and chase hot air balloons for Mary Ruth’s brother, Jon Friedrich. Mary Ruth passed away March 5, 2019.
Loving survivors include five children: Beverly (Charles) Peter of Palm Harbor, Florida; Dana Miller of Palm Harbor; Thom J. Miller (Dan Mann) of Urbana, Illinois; Tim (Christine) Miller of San Diego, California; and Traci (Mike) Grunloh of Jackson; nine granchildren: Christopher Peter, Lindsay Seel, Jack, Grace, and Theodore Miller, Gage and Addison Puls, Charlie and Maggie Grunloh; two great-granddaughters, Georgia and Claire Seel; and two siblings, Barbara (the late Gordon) Morris, and Michael (Cathy) Miller of Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joe (Charlotte) Miller; and his dear companion, Mary Ruth Wheaton.
Visitation is from 11 AM to service time, Saturday, September 12, 2020, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
The funeral is at 1 PM, Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Sam Roethemeyer officiating. Burial and graveside military honors will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.
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