Thomas Orwan Miller, 85, of New Bloomfield, died November 3, 2018 at Community Osteopathic Hospital. He was born February 17, 1933 in Lewistown, PA to Jonathan Bruce Miller and Olive Orwan Miller.
He attended one room schools in Perry County and graduated from Newport High School in 1951.
As a Navy veteran serving for 4 years at several stateside locations as well as Whidbey Island and Okinawa, he received the National Defense, Good Conduct and China Service Medals.
After his service, he worked for six years for United Telephone Company of PA and in 1965 received a B.A. degree in Psychology and History from Pennsylvania State University. He was then employed as a trainee and Staff Assistant in Industrial Relations with Wheeling Steel Corporation. While there he was enrolled in Personnel and Management courses at West Liberty College, Wheeling, West Virginia.
He began employment with Mobil Oil Corporation in 1966 as a Supervisor in Charleston, South Carolina, as a Manager of Labor Relations in Richmond, Virginia, Oklahoma City, and Paulsboro, New Jersey. He retired from Mobil in 1993 while living in Pitman, New Jersey. While in Pitman he was elected Councilman, Chairman of the Environmental and Recycling Commission, Associate Member of the Planning Board, President of the Pitman Business Association, Chairman of the Revitalization Committee and Co-Owner of the Country Miller Shop. He interfaced with United States Senators and Representatives and the EPA on the clean up of the nation's number one toxic landfill.
After moving to PA and restoring an 1895 stone farmhouse, he and his wife opened the Reapsome House Bed and Breakfast in Elliottsburg which they ran for 11 years while entertaining guests from all over the United States and many foreign countries.
He served as Judge of the 2009 Veterans Day Parade, was a Perry County Sailors Association Trustee and Newport VFW life member.
Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Roberta Linn Miller of New Bloomfield, formerly of Landisburg; his daughter, Meredith Linn Senior and husband Kenneth of New Bloomfield; son, Thomas Orwan Miller, Jr. and wife Shana of Alba, Texas; grandsons, Alan Senior and wife Alicia of Carlisle and Lathon Miller of Texas; granddaughters, Alexandra and Ashley Senior of New Bloomfield; brothers, Bruce Miller (Sara), David Miller (Marjory), William Miller (Gloria); sisters, Martha Miller and Susan Arrowsmith and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Olive Huffman of McAlisterville and brother, Charles Miller of New Bloomfield.
Services will be held Saturday, November 10 from the Highland Presbyterian Church, 11 Church Road, Newport, PA with a viewing from 10 AM until the funeral service at 11 AM with Pastor Mary Kay Miller officiating. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions are requested to the Newport or New Bloomfield Fire Company.