Tom Miller

Thomas L. Miller, 85, of Staples died at his home, peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on January 24, 2019. 

Tom was born on Jan. 17, 1934 to Margaret and Stan Miller in Verndale.  He attended and graduated from Verndale Public School.  Tom married Janice DeWald on July 14, 1953.    

Some of his life accomplishments included attending Dunwoody Technical College, learning to fly his plane, owner of Tom’s Plumbing and Heating in Staples from 1968 until his retirement. He proudly served on the Wadena County Adjustment Board/Planning Commission and the Thomastown Township Board. Tom enjoyed going to “The Woods” where he enjoyed driving his tractor, cutting wood, watching wildlife and an occasional nap. 

Tom is survived by his wife, Jan; brothers, Dale (Elizabeth) of Wadena, Ben (Miriam) of Bemidji; sister-in-law, Rena of Sauk Center; son, Steve (Kim) of Motley; daughter, Teri Cain of Laporte, Colorado; son, Barney (Shellie) of Little Falls; seven grandchildren, Justin, Natasha, Jake, Kayla, Elizabeth, Ashley, Paul and six great grandchildren (and two more on the way).

Tom was preceded in death by an infant sister, Linda; infant son, Gregory, father, Stan; mother, Margaret; brother, Gary and sister, Marie Johnson.

Per Tom’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial services.

Tom wished to express a special thank you to Dr. David Freeman, Dr. Julie Benson, Barbara Kaneski, P.A.; his two wonderful hospice nurses, Amber and Kendall and all of his caregivers at Lakewood Health System for all of the exceptional care that he received.  

A special thank you to the Thew family, especially Arthur and William, for listening to an old man’s stories and for being willing to help out at a moment’s notice. 

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