Edwin Francis Miller, a retired electrical contractor and World War II veteran, died of kidney failure Friday at his Towson home. He was 81.
Born in Baltimore County and raised in Towson, he was a 1943 graduate of Towson High School. He enlisted in the Navy and participated in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in the Pacific.
He spent three years as an electrician aboard LST 588, a landing ship for tanks, troops and equipment. After the war he went into that line of work.
"He brought the Marines into Iwo Jima," said his wife of 57 years, the former Dorothy Jane Kauffman. "From his ship, he could see the flag go up on Mount Suribachi. He never forgot that."
In later years, he helped host a reunion with his LST shipmates in Lutherville.
In 1950, Mr. Miller became a Crown Cork & Seal Co. electrician at its Highlandtown plant, and six years later he founded a commercial and residential business. Until his retirement in 1990, he was president of Edwin F. Miller Electric Co.
Mr. Miller was a past member of the Providence Volunteer Fire Department and was a Towson Little League coach in the 1950s.
He was an avid traveler and was a collector of antique kerosene lamps. He also collected porcelain figurines.
He took up skiing in 1975 and spent time near Manchester, Vt., where he built a family vacation home.
"He was very proud of the house in Vermont," said his son Mark W. Miller of East Fallowfield, Pa. "He built it with his own hands."
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Providence United Methodist Church, 1320 Providence Road, where he was a member.
In addition to his wife and son, survivors include another son, David P. Miller of Phoenix; a daughter, Judith M. Gault of Towson; a sister, Helen Robinson of Sparks; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.