George G. Miller, 88

Clothing salesman

November 01, 2007

George Griffith Miller, a retired clothing salesman and World War II merchant marine veteran, died Sunday of cardiac arrest at Good Samaritan Hospital. The longtime Parkville resident was 88.

Mr. Miller was born in Philadelphia, the son of a college professor. He was raised in State College, Pa., and Deland, Fla., where his father held teaching posts at Pennsylvania State University and Stetson University.

After the death of his mother, he returned to State College with his family in 1931. He was a 1939 graduate of State College High School and in 1943 joined the merchant marine.

Mr. Miller, an ordinary seaman, served on Liberty and Victory ships in the Atlantic.

His decorations included the Merchant Marine Service Emblem with the Atlantic War Zone Bar and Mediterranean-Middle East War Zone Bar.

"He was honored when President Reagan signed into law that bill that gave merchant mariners veterans status," said a son, Ronald C. Miller of Perry Hall.

After the war, Mr. Miller returned to Baltimore and went to work as a clerk in the planning department of the Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.

In 1953, Mr. Miller was stricken with poliomyelitis, which required a long confinement in an iron lung.

In later years, Mr. Miller suffered from post-polio syndrome.

"He was admired by his closest surviving family members as a husband and father who had an indomitable spirit and a zest for life in spite of the obstacles imposed by the disease," his son said.

From 1959 to 1962, Mr. Miller was a men's clothing salesman for Hecht Co. and Hamburger's. From 1962 until he retired on a medical disability in 1975, he worked in the men's department of Montgomery Ward.

He had been a Little League coach and enjoyed golfing. He was an avid flower and vegetable gardener whose tomatoes won a ribbon at the Timonium State Fair one year.

Mr. Miller was a 52-year member of Hiss United Methodist Church, 8700 Harford Road in Parkville, where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Also surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Mary Weissner; two other sons, George G. Miller Jr. of Parkville and Robert K. Miller of Perry hall; a daughter, Peggy Gauss of Parkville; a brother, Frederick Miller of Shrewsbury, Pa.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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