Philip J. "Phil" Miller

Died July 26, 2018


Philip James “Phil” Miller, 92, of Lupton passed away peacefully Thursday, July 26, 2018, in his own home of natural causes.

Philip was born in Michigan in 1926. He graduated from St. Mary Royal Oak Catholic High School 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 married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Lambert, on May 8, 1946. They were married 70 years, until Virginia’s passing in 2016.

Phil was a World War II veteran, having trained and served as a tail-gunner on a PB4Y2 Privateer for the U.S. 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 Michigan or in Naples, Fla., seeking the ever-elusive hole-in-one. Phil enjoyed watching many different sports and was a lifelong, 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, he 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. He designed and built the altar furniture, candlesticks and lectern for the choir. He was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.

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

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at St. Pius Catholic Church, 3901 M-65, Hale. The inurnment will follow at 1 p.m. at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd., Holly. Arrangements are being handled by Buresh Funeral Home in Hale.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to St. Pius Catholic Church, 3901 M-65, Hale, MI 48739; Compassus Hospice, 3217 W. 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…


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