Thomas J. Miller

Thomas J. Miller

Thomas J. Miller died Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 4, 1962 in Pontiac, Michigan to Dick and Peg Miller. Tom’s proficiency in math and his determination to learn how things work, led to an education at GMI where he earned his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was employed at GM in Lansing for 25 years. Tom and Will then joined Lisa at their bed and breakfast in Omena where he enjoyed preparing breakfast and conversing with guests. He also was the Quality Manager at EaglePicher Technologies in Traverse City, and most recently, was a Quality Director at MEC in Byron Center, Michigan. It was while working in Lansing that he met and fell in love with Lisa. They were married September 20, 2001 in Las Vegas. He enjoyed doing home improvement projects, shopping at Menards and researching anything that caught his fancy. He loved spending time with his friends and family most of all. He would share his photography, cook great meals, vacation, and relax, all while being surrounded by his friends and family. He adored his dogs and was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings. He had a great sense of humor and lived his life to the fullest.

Survivors include his wife Lisa; son William, of Kalamazoo; siblings, Mary Ann Sens (Don) of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Martha Theilmann (Richard) of Wayzata, Minnesota; Kate Snodgrass of Dayton, Ohio; Beth Miller (Cal Entinger) of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Margaret DeWitt (Scott) of Marietta, Georgia and Bob Miller of Three Oaks, Michigan; many nieces and nephews, his mother-in-law Linda Hallett of Plainwell; sister-in-law, Jodi Giltrop of Plainwell and brother-in-law Kevin Scott (Vicky) of Plainwell. He was preceded in death by his mother Peg. His father Dick passed July 16, 2019.

Friends may visit with Tom’s family on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where the Rosary will be recited at 6:45 pm. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Margaret Church in Otsego. Private burial at Hillside Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to Esophageal Cancer (ECAA), PO Box 55071 #15530, Boston, MA 02205-5071 .

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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  1. Abel Perez says:

    Condolences to the family. It was an honor working with him. He will be missed.

  2. Kathy Arehart-Luster says:

    So sorry! May God’s grace carry you through this difficult time.

  3. Lori Gilbert says:

    Lisa,
    I am so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. I just found out today. What heartache you must be feeling, I am sorry you have to go through this. You and Tom really loved each other I could see that in the few times I was around you, it was truly special. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know that I am praying for you and all who loved Tom and are feeling the loss, especially you and Will. If you ever need to getaway my door is always open for you.
    BIG HUGS!!

  4. Lori Gilbert says:

    Lisa,
    I am so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. I just found out today. What heartache you must be feeling, I am sorry you have to go through this. You and Tom really loved each other I could see that in the few times I was around you, it was truly special. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know that I am praying for you and all who loved Tom and are feeling the loss, especially you and Will. If you ever need to getaway my door is always open for you.
    BIG HUGS!!!

  5. Julie Karasek says:

    So sorry for your loss! What a pleasure to meet you and your son at the Miller reunion. Your in our thoughts and prayers! Big hugs and much love! Richard and Lois Smith family! Tim,Kevin,Jeff ,Julie , Suzy, Sally, Matt and David.

  6. Julie & Sue; Bronson Volunteer Services says:

    Lisa:
    You are in our thoughts. Tom was a special guy and we felt like we knew him through you. RIP.

  7. Julie VanderNoot says:

    Lisa:
    I will never forget when Betty & I came to your garage sale. We met Tom & Will. That was a special day! You are in my prayers.

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