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Philip Dean Miller, 85, of Vinton... Read More
Philip Dean Miller, 85, of Vinton, Virginia went to be with the Lord Thursday, September 14, 2023.
He is Survived by his loving children Cynthia Jean Miller Gravely, Eric Earl Miller (Melissa), and Heather Lyn Miller Breeden (Barkley); Philip’s grandchildren, Corey Gravely, Cody Gravely (Rae), Hunter Breeden (Karlee), Brooke Seay (Wyatt), and Briea Miller; great-grandsons, Josh and Issac Gravely; Philip's sister in-laws, Diane Saylor and Fran Tessmer. Philip also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends all of which were touched by his love.
Philip was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean Miller; parents, David Lamar Sr. and Elizabeth Miller; his brother, David Lamar Jr. (Marilyn); mother and father in-law Richard Tessmer Sr. and Edith Tessmer; and brothers-in-law, Richard Tessmer Jr., Robert Tessmer (Diane) and Richard Saylor; and son in-law Thomas Potter.
Philip was born in South Whitley, Indiana on September 30, 1937 and graduated from Conneaut High School. He retired from Norfolk Southern after 38 years. Philip spent a lifetime setting the example of a life well lived. He was a teacher to his family, a mentor to work colleges, a faithful and loving husband, and the perfect father to his three children. He was adored by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a man that had such knowledge and enjoyed sharing it with others. After speaking with Philip you would always learn something new from his wisdom. His love for trains continued throughout his life. Throughout the years he has enjoyed bowling, fishing, gardening, and caring for his wife throughout her last years in life.
The family would like to thank Dr. Randall R. Rhea for the years of special care he provided to Philip. We would also like to thank Good Samaritan Hospice for their care. A special thanks to his nurses Katrina and Annie for their time, love and support.
Services for Philip will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel with Adam Reynolds officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m. at Oakey's Vinton Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Bradley Free Clinic, 1240 3rd St., SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 or to Good Samaritan Hospice 2408 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.
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