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Thomas E. Miller

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POWNAL -- Thomas Edward Miller, 75, a resident of Northwest Hill, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, Feb. 24,2005, after being taken to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington from the Owl Kill Rod and Gun Club where he was enjoying his favorite pastime of sport shooting with his friends.

Born in Pownal on Aug. 9, 1929, he grew up on the family farm in Pownal with his mother and stepfather Dewey and Susan (Harris) Hurley and attended schools in Pownal. In earlier years he had worked at the Earl Church Farm. He then enlisted in the Vermont Army National Guard, upon being assigned to active status in 1950 which came during the Korean conflict. He served in the occupation of Germany for two years, returning in 1952. Mr. Miller had worked at the Warren Wire Company, General Cable and continued with the start-up company of Chem Fab in North Bennington. At the age of 40, he decided to pursue his master plumber’s license which he did successfully and had worked at H.Greenberg & Son and J.H. Winslow. For many years, he was self employed in the plumbing business. In addition in later years, he established Tom’s Sports on Northwest Hill which carried hunting and shooting supplies.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 13 of Bennington, a life member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Owl Kill Rod and Gun Club and the Salem Rifle and Pistol Club. In his younger days, he had enjoyed hunting. As a marksman, he attended many sanctioned shooting events throughout the East Coast, winning many events and just enjoying the sport.

He leaves his wife Joan (Wright) Miller of Pownal whom he married Sept. 27,1951, at St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington; five sons, Thomas E. Miller and his wife Janet of Bennington, Frederick R. Miller and his wife Doreen of Pownal, Michael J. Miller and his wife Mary of Bennington, Jeffrey A. Miller and his wife Kellie of Pownal Center, Keith E. MIller and his wife Kim of Bennington; two daughters, Brenda P. Knapp and her husband Jeffrey of Center Shaftsbury and Kim Bishop and her husband Gary of Pownal; two brothers, Russell Miller and his wife Leona of North Pownal and Norman Hurley and his wife Jean of Pownal Center; a sister, Frances Miller of North Adams; 21 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and a great many friends, including Major Albert Thiem serving in Iraq whom he thought of as a son and with whom he enjoyed many common interests. He was predeceased by a brother, Bill Hurley.

Full military graveside services will be held at the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery in Arlington on Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at 11a.m. with members of American Legion Post 69 conducting the service. A reception will follow at the home of Kim and Gary Bishop on B Hill in Pownal. There are no calling hours.

Should friends desire, memorial gifts in memory of Mr. Miller may be made to the Pownal Rescue Squad in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send condolences to the family of Thomas E. Miller, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are under the care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2005
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