Philip James Miller

Lupton, Michigan
May 28, 1926 - July 26, 2018

Service Location

St. Pius X Catholic Church

Services

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday August 14th at 8:00 am at St Pius Catholic Church, 3901 M-65, Hale, Michigan

Obituary Notice

Philip James Miller (Phil), 92, of Lupton, Michigan passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in his own home of natural causes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday August 14th at 8:00 am at St Pius Catholic Church, 3901 M-65, Hale, Michigan. The inurnment will follow at 1:00 pm at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd., Holly, Michigan. Arrangements are being handled by Buresh Funeral Home in Hale.

Philip was born in Michigan in 1926. He graduated from St. Mary Royal Oak Catholic High School, MI and continued on to receive a technical engineering certificate from General Motors Institute of Technology. Phil worked as a mechanical engineer for General Motors Research for 45 years, finishing as Senior Project Manager in fluid mechanics and designing many patents for GM.

Philip was married to his high school sweetheart, Virginia Lambert on May 8, 1946. They were married 70 years, until Virginia’s passing in 2016.

Phil was a WWII veteran, having trained and served as a tail-gunner on a PB4Y2 Privateer for the United States Navy.
He was keenly interested in woodworking and building. He assisted his brothers and father in building a house and later, built his own home with the assistance of his family and friends. He also built a catamaran, sailing it along the shores of Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron.

Each year he eagerly awaited the opening of hunting season, proudly bagging deer on several occasions. Additionally, he loved fishing, preferring the icy cold waters of Lake Superior but satisfied as well with fish from his own East Twin Lake. He also enjoyed bowling, and he played fast pitch softball in the GM industrial league. For many years he was a student of the game of golf, practicing his strokes either in MI or in Naples, FL seeking the ever-elusive “hole-in-one.” Phil enjoyed watching many different sports and was a life-long, loyal fan of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers. He coached his sons’ baseball teams and was ever-present at his children’s and grandchildren’s sports activities.

He and his wife were champion tournament bridge players, and being a Michigander, was a fan of Euchre, playing tirelessly into the night over the years with family and friends.
He and Virginia were actively involved at St. Pius Catholic Church, Hale MI. He designed and built the altar furniture, candlesticks, and lectern for the choir. He was also a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus.

Phil is survived by eight of his children; Terry (Ann), Christine, Cheryl, Mary (Tom), Paul, David, John, Amy (Ray), and many wonderful grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, and his son, Tim; his parents, William and Lucy Mae (MacArthur) Miller, and six siblings.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to St Pius Catholic Church, 3901 M-65, Hale MI, 48739, Compassus Hospice, 3217 West M-55, West Branch MI, 48661, or The Knights of Columbus, c/o Mr. James Szafran, 8096 Campbell Ave., Hale, MI, 48739.

The family of Philip J. Miller wishes to thank Compassus Hospice, Meals on Wheels, and especially his devoted friends, Jaimie Ciardelli and Peggy Harper, for their kindness and loving care.

Hard working hands, now laid to rest…

Memorials

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to St Pius Catholic Church, 3901 M-65, Hale MI, 48739, Compassus Hospice, 3217 West M-55, West Branch MI, 48661, or The Knights of Columbus, c/o Mr. James Szafran, 8096 Campbell Ave., Hale, MI, 48739.

Cemetery

Great Lakes National Cemetery

Condolences

What a tremendous and well-lived life. I'm lucky to have known him and Mrs Miller and luckier still to know the truly wonderful people in Louisiana and Texas who continue their legacy. I'll never have so many children (wow) but I hope to raise my own small crew to be as loving and grounded and kind and to teach their own to be the same, just as the Millers have. Much love to the whole family.
— Riley Kennedy
My Uncle Phil will live on forever in my heart and soul! He was a gentle, loving , caring, and compassionate man♥️ I am so grateful that GOD chose me to have Aunt Gin and Uncle Phil as my aunt and uncle😃
— Judith Finneren(Miller)

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