Brothers and Sisters,
I am sorry to inform you that Brother Thomas Miller, member of Burlington System Division Lodge 1142, passed away Tuesday, November 19th, 2019.
Obituary: Memorial services for Thomas (Tom) Frank Miller, 62, will be 10 a.m., Saturday Dec. 14, 2019, at the Community Building in Crawford, Neb. Tom passed away at his home with family on Nov. 19, 2019, due to complications from pancreatic cancer and cremation has taken place.
The service will be followed by a lunch at the Community building and inurnment at the Whitney cemetery, weather permitting.
Tom (Grandpa, Dad, Brother) was born on Oct. 7, 1957, in Crawford, one of four boys, into the Miller family of nine children. He grew up on the family farm, on 4-mile Road south of town, where he learned about horses, raising crops, riding motorcycles and operating heavy equipment.
Tom grew up and attended school in Crawford, where he had many friends and met his high school sweetheart Deb Miller (Stumph). Tom and Deb continued to date while he attended technical college in Rapid City, S.D., and Deb finished high school. They were then married Feb 5, 1978, at the United Methodist Church in Crawford.
After Tom was bucked off a horse for the last time, he took a job with BNSF railroad in Crawford, where he worked for 42 years as an equipment operator, CDL truck driver and served as treasurer for his BMWED local 1142. He was known for his custom brimmed hard-hat – the closest thing to a railroader’s “10 gallon hat” – and could be picked out of a crowd by the shadow it cast.
Work with BNSF led Tom and Deb to Torrington, where they started their family and lived for the rest of their years. Tom found a passion for house renovation and began working on his houses to transform them into homes for his family. Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and would always say the only thing he really wanted to do was to spend time with the ones that he loved.
Tom is survived by his children, daughter Erin Miller of Torrington; son Chris Miller of Torrington; son Spencer Miller (April) of Laramie; Grandson Jasper; brother Chuck (Veronica) Miller of Spalding, Neb.; sister Carolyn Bell (Mike) of Rapid City; brother Roy (Wendy) of Custer, S.D.; brother Jim (Laurie) of Crawford; sister Susan Miller Leeling (Doug) of Crawford; sister Valerie Cisneros of Crawford; sister Laurie Ponserella (Harold) of Deer Trail, Colo.; sister Sandy Orr (John) of Rushville, Neb.; sister in-law Lori Stumph (Marty Widener) of Scottsbluff, Neb.; brother in-law Jerry Stumph (Lori Palomeres Stumph) of Crawford and mother in-law Sheila Stumph (Hunt) of Crawford; along with many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.
Tom was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 38 years, Debra Miller; his father Melvin Miller; his mother Mary Miller (Hagemeister); and his father-in-law John Stumph.
Any floral arrangements or donations may be sent to the Miller residence at 7089 Rd 47F, Torrington, WY 82240 and will be transported from there to the ceremony in Crawford.
Please keep Tom's family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.