Rev. Thomas Marshall Miller, Sr.
Thomas M. Miller, Sr., age 63, of Juda, died Sunday, September 4, 2011 at his home. He was born on July 17, 1948, the eldest son of Lawrence Frederick Miller, Jr. and Mary Elnora (Marshall) Miller in Franklin, PA. He attended public schools in Franklin and earned degrees from Philadelphia College of Bible and the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on his 25th anniversary of ministry. After ordination in 1974 and 1975 as Deacon and Presbyter in the Reformed Episcopal Church, he pastored ten churches in seven appointments by four denominations in four states (Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) and one province (Ontario). He also served as a district superintendent, professor of biblical languages, and in various types of chaplaincy. Tom was the Pastor of the Juda Zion and Oakley Union United Methodist Churches for the past ten years before retiring on June 1, 2011. He was involved in Scouting, Optimists, Kiwanis, and nursing home ministry. Tom enjoyed people, pets, reading, and travel. He was legally blind since 1988 and fought bladder cancer since 2010. On August 13, 1983, Tom married the love of his life, the former Patricia Ann Reiley. He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Juda; three children, Thomas (Leslie) Miller of Appleton, WI, Rachel (Joseph) Baggot of Platteville, WI, and James Miller of Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV; two grandsons, Xander and Dayton Miller of Appleton; a sister, Lauren (Henry) McCauley of Franklin, PA; mother-in-law, Shirley Reiley of Wurtsboro, NY; sister-in-law, Antoinette (John) Mancini of Anchorage, AK; two brothers-in-law, Daniel (Tara) Reiley of Wurtsboro, NY, and Harold A. Reiley of Tampa, FL; and several nieces, nephews, and grand nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Randall Miller; and father-in-law, Harold I. Reiley. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 9, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at the Zion United Methodist Church, Juda, with Pastors Vickie Brantmeyer and David Busker officiating. Interment will follow in Oakley Union Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Newcomer Funeral Home, Monroe, on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund will be established in Tom’s name.
As he told grieving families for over 36 years, “For the believer in Jesus Christ, ‘to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord,’ so you haven’t lost him if you know where he is.”