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MILLER, II, 70
EDGEWATER, MD- Mr. Truman W. Miller II, died May 28, 2012 of respiratory failure after having lived a full life for more than eight years with metastatic colorectal cancer. His illness never stopped him from doing anything on his wish list.
Born in Raleigh N.C. on May 19, 1942. He was the son of Marie M. Miller and the late Truman W. Miller. He earned his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
His interest in flying became evident at 7 years young, instead of a tree fort, his father transported a real BT airplane once used to train pilots during WWII, to the back yard of their family's home. Truman and his buddies played endlessly.
By the age of 19 , Truman had become one of the youngest commercial pilots.
He fulfilled his military obligation and was hired by United Airlines 1964.
He and his wife, Kathleen [Kathy] Torrance Miller moved to Annapolis, MD in 1977 to satisfy Truman's want of a waterfront home on the water and labrador retrievers.
During the course of his career he piloted almost every model of plane used by United Airlines. DC 8, DC 10, B737, B727, B767. He had the privilege of flying an inaugural flight of the B777. The last 8 years of his career he flew B747-400 to Asia. After traveling the world, he retired in 2002.
Walking the Appalachian Trial was one of Truman's many achievements. Truman was an avid sportsman, enjoying small and big game hunting, and fishing, as well as an accomplished boater and sailor. Long standing member of the Bellefonte Hunt Club, Blackstone, VA, also member of Safari Club International, Ducks Unlimited, Miles River Yacht Club, NRA, and the Chatterbox Club in D.C.
When Truman wasn't flying, Kathy and he traveled to many exotic places.
Truman was high on life, always smiling, he didn't know a stranger, talked to everyone, and was the first to laugh at his own jokes His labs, Buddy and Scarlett, were always by his side. He will be missed
Survivors in addition to his wife include: his mother, Marie M. Miller of Lakeland, Fl.; two sisters, Carolyn M. Oglesby, [Lee],of Lakeland Fl., and Patricia [Patsy], M. Moore of Greenville, N.C.; nephews, Dr. Jeffrey M. Moore, Charles H Moore II, Jason Oglesby and one niece, Caroline Bevington, [Josh].
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial gifts be directed to Dr. Nilo Azad's colorectal research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to The Johns Hopkins University with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Truman W. Miller, II, and mail to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 100 North Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21201. It was Truman's desire to donate his body to science in an effort to help with cancer research.
There will be a gathering of friends on Saturday, June 9, 2012, between the hours of 4 - 7 P.M. at Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomon's Island Rd. Edgewater, Md. 21037. A Celebration of his Life will be scheduled at a later time.
Published in Ledger on June 6, 2012
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