James Miller never met someone with whom he couldn’t strike up a conversation.
“He was a talker,” said his son, Bruce Miller of Mt. Pleasant. “Whenever he was in the room, you might get to throw in a word here and there, but he was always telling a story or a joke.”
Bruce’s brother Todd agreed.
“He loved to entertain,” said Todd Miller of Herminie. “He wasn’t one to shy away from a conversation, but he wasn’t overly opinionated.”
James V. Miller of Unity Township died Saturday, June 8, 2019. He was 83 years old.
Mr. Miller was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Joseph Roger Coulson Miller and Naomi (Taylor) Miller.
“He grew up in Scottdale and bounced around to several places,” Todd said. “He graduated from Scottdale High School in 1954 and joined the National Guard a little after that.”
Mr. Miller left the National Guard in 1959, shortly before meeting his first wife, the late Barbara Ann (Harding) Miller.
“He went to night school at Saint Vincent to get his bachelor’s degree, and worked for West Penn Power first as a lineman and then in their accounting department,” Todd said.
During his time at West Penn Power, Mr. Miller met his second wife, Dorothea Miller, who also worked in the accounting department.
“We were married in 1995,” Dorothea said. “He was very outgoing and he liked to enjoy life.”
Mr. Miller could often be found at his property at Donegal Lake.
“He and I were just up there last Thursday, working on it and doing some maintenance,” Todd said.
“Going there was his passion,” Dorothea said.
Mr. Miller was a member of the Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen’s Club and the Single Action Shooters Society, as well as Trinity United Methodist Church.
Mr. Miller also loved to entertain.
“He’d have his group from work come up to his house … he’d throw a big Christmas party for all of us, and in the summertime he had a Miller family reunion and he’d always cook food and smoke meat,” Todd said.
Dorothea said her husband never forgot where came from.
“He really loved his hometown (of Scottdale),” she said. “He’d go back and visit people he used to know, neighbors and other folks.
“That’s what a lot of people probably remember: him coming to visit,” she said.
Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Dorothea “Dot” Miller; two sons, Todd Miller and Bruce Miller; a stepson, Jason Curry; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Friday with an 11 a.m. service, both at Graft-Jacquillard Funeral & Cremation Services, 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale.
Committal services and military honors will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Trauger. Interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery.