Mike was a wonderful guy. He was a loving husband to his lucky wife, Diane, whom he married on Oct. 23, 1976. He gave her a great life and made her happy every day. They did everything together and never stopped holding hands. People often remarked about it.
Born in Corry, PA on April 11, 1945, the eldest son of Elbert and Hilda Kile Miller, Mike moved to Warren as an infant and spent his whole life here. He was mechanically and musically inclined. He always spoke glowingly of the great Harry Summers and how much he benefacted from Mr. Summer’s influence. Following graduation from high school in 1963, Mike worked 2 years at the state hospital. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving an extended tour of duty in Viet Nam at Phan Rang as a crew chief for F-100 Super Sabres. He was proud to do his duty and maintained enduring friendships with his Vietnam buddies.
After being honorably discharged from the military, Mike earned a degree in English from Gannon University, graduating in 1972. He established Miller Motorcar Company that same year, successfully operating his business until retiring in 2013. He thought the world of his colleague, Keith Naegeli, and truly enjoyed working hard beside him. People may remember driving by and seeing the two of them enjoying Diane’s home-made cookies, out on the bench on pleasant afternoons at 3:00. They were a team.
Mike served 2 terms on Warren City Council. He was a past member of the Conewango Club, where he got a kick out of the older crew and the stories they would tell. He and Diane volunteered together at Paws Along the River and loved the opportunity. He was great with those homeless dogs and never left until every single dog had been out, played with and treated to a hot dog and maybe a chewy. It was a lot of work, but the pets were appreciative. He was always grateful to Karen Kolos for being so good to all the animals.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother, Timothy, and his sister-in-law, Debbie Loomis. He is survived by his bereft, loving wife, Diane Thomas Miller, who dearly wishes a cure would be found for Alzheimer’s so fine men like Mike could live out their days without suffering. Also surviving is his brother-in-law, Marty Loomis, who was a wonderful source of help and comfort during this difficult illness, as well as a nephew Alex Loomis (wife Meredith) and niece, Kaitlyn Johnson (husband Brian) and darling great-nephew, Blake.
Sincere thanks to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home for their caring assistance and professionalism. The compassionate care hospice provided was very welcome. Their visits were conducted with dignity and left Mike clean-shaven and handsome. Huge gratitude also goes out, from the bottom of our hearts, to the loving, kind, dedicated, extremely hard-working and sweet staff at Cambridge Warren. What a magnificent crew, each one of you. We love you all. You made Mike’s last year so much happier and healthier than we could ever have dreamed possible. Thank you.
As per Mike’s wishes, services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Anyone wishing to place a memorial may do so through Paws Along the River, 212 Elm St. Warren PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com
Ever so saddened to learn of Mike’s passing and of his struggle with Alzheimers. Karen had the privilege of being on Council with Mike and knowing Diane as well. May the splendid memories remain on a man who gave much to family and community!
I had the pleasure of meeting Diane and Mike when I worked at Paws Along the River. I know Mike to be a kind and generous person who helped so many dogs.
I’m so sorry for your loss, Diane
I met Mike when I was at Gannon College many years ago. I knew Tim Miller from my WAHS days and we connected because of that and because of our common Warren, PA roots. We took a linguistics class together at Gannon and we both managed to struggle through it. Mike was an affable and friendly soul and it was my pleasure to get to know him. I’m sorry to hear of his health struggles in his golden years. I send along my condolences to Mike’s family and friends.
Mike was a true gentleman with a gentle soul. It was our privilege to call him neighbor. So, so sorry Diane.
I was sorry to read about your Mike and what he went through. It was a beautifully written obituary to celebrate the life of a fine man.