OBITUARY ~ THOMAS JAMES MILLER
March 13, 1939 ~ March 19, 2011
Thomas James MILLER, only son of John Duane and Laura ANDERSON MILLER, was born in rural Blockton, Ringgold County, Iowa,
on March 13, 1939 and passed away March 20, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Tom attended the one-room MILLER School and later graduated from Blockton High School with the Class of 1957; he also
graduated from Northwest Missouri State College with a degree in Agriculture and Biology. While in college, he joined
the Army reserves and served 6 months in Fort Ord, California. He later taught the Veterans agriculture class sponsored
by Southwest Iowa Community College in Creston. Tom served on the soil conservation board; was a member of the Bethany
Lodge No 320 and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; Blockton Christian Church and served as Deacon and Elder.
Tom and Barbara BROWN were married in Gentry, Missouri on June 16, 1962 and to this union three children were born. Tom
loved his family and preached honesty and character building. His other love was farming the land, seeing the crops grow,
and buying and trading farm equipment.
Tom is survived by his wife Barbara of Maryville, MO; son Scott THOMAS and wife Michelle of Grain Valley, MO; daughter
Leslie DRAKE and husband Mark of Mankato, MN; grandsons Shane THOMAS and Justin Scott MILLER, Spencer Jeffrey HAWK;
granddaughters Mackenzie Grace and Alexis Danielle HAWK; and great-grandson Kruz Jeffrey MILLER.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Laura MILLER; parents-in-law Harvey BROWN and Paul & Louetta SHAFFER;
and son Jeffrey Duane MILLER in 1990.
Tom will be missed by his family and friends.
Memorials are to the Blockton Christian Church, Blockton Fire Dept, and Blockton Ambulance.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., Christian Church, Blockton, Iowa.
Interment was made at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton, Iowa. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2011
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