Harry August Miller Jr.

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On March 1, 2011, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, Harry August Miller, Jr. of Austin, TX and formerly of Midland, TX passed away. He was 92 years young. Harry was born in Pittsburg, PA on September 4, 1918. The son of the late Harry and Margaret Zehfuss Miller. He was married to Anne Sheridan, who predeceased him in 1982 and Marion "MoMo" Miller of Midland, TX who survives him. He courageously served our country in World War II as a B-25 bomber pilot in North Africa under General Montgomery. Harry was awarded the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters for completing over 25 combat missions with General Doolittle in charge. He was then sent to St. Joseph to train women pilots (WASPs) in instrument flying. He was a graduate of The University of Texas in 1941 with a degree in petroleum geology and served on the advisory board for the College of Geosciences at The University. After graduation, he worked for Marathon and Hancock Oil companies and in 1953 became an independent consulting geologist. He was named as an Honorary Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and was past president of the West Texas Geological Society and president of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Petroleum Geologists. Awed by its magnitude and majesty, nature was one of his greatest joys. His commitment to his community was evident by his active leadership in the American Cancer Society, the Board of the YMCA, and SIPES (Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists). He is survived by his son, Harry A. Miller, III and wife Dayna of Austin, TX; and daughter, Margaret (Margo) Carrico and husband Frank of Stockholm, Sweden. He has five grandchildren, Harry Miller, IV, Tiena Brandt and husband Paul of Driftwood, TX, Frank (Trey) Carrico, III of Austin, TX, Isaac Carrico and wife Liz of Stony Brook, NY and Zachary Carrico of Berkeley, CA; stepdaughter, Sully Schreiner lives in San Antonio, TX. Harry has six boisterous great grandchildren, Miller, Mason and Sheridan Brandt, Harry V and Bennett Miller and Cannon Carrico, who will carry on his legacy of the art of a 'Granddad joke'. Siblings are brother, Mark Z. Miller and wife Katherine, the late George Miller and wife Monette Miller all of Houston, Texas, always waiting for the other to pay the bill. One of his many talents was being a great dancer, both in and out of a wheelchair. He leaves behind many dancing partners, who will forever remember his rhythm and charm. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Eliborio (Libby) Pena, who was a compassionate caregiver and dear friend to Harry. Also our heartfelt thanks goes to Hospice Austin for the comfort they provided to Harry and the family during his final days. Family and friends are invited to gather and celebrate the life of this special man at the Racquet Club in Midland, TX on Saturday, March 5 at 4 o'clock p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity and do something outrageous, courageous . . . dance your heart out. Life's pilot till the end, we his children, will remember to "Keep your head down and your tail up...its been one hell of a great ride."

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Mar. 3, 2011
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