Thomas A. Miller, 65, of rural Solon, died suddenly, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral Mass was held on Dec 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon, with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Solon. A memorial fund has been established in Tom’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the website www.gayandciha.com .
Thomas Albert Miller was born Feb. 7, 1946, in Iowa City, the son of Albert and Mary (Stahle) Miller. He attended schools in Solon graduating in 1965. On Aug. 8, 1970, he married Darcy Jo Bottenfield in West Des Moines. Tom prided himself in being a farmer, and to be from Solon, where he lived most of his life. While his daughters were growing up, he was active in all their activities, and has continued to be active with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Johnson County Pork Producers and Farm Bureau. In addition to farming, Tom worked for Rockwell Collins in Coralville for a number of years. He loved the outdoors, his gardens, landscaping, and farming. He was one of Solon’s High School most avid fans. He enjoyed life, and enjoyed humor in his life, and shared that with his family and friends, lovingly referred to as the “Tom Miller Card.”
Survivors include his wife, Darcy; two daughters, Tiffany (Travis) Dooley of Anamosa and their son, J.J.; and Tara (Oliver) Miller of Solon and their daughter, Lexie; Tom’s two brothers, Raymond (Pat) Miller of New Paltz, N.Y.; and Jon (Mary) Miller of Freemont, Calif.; his three sisters, Maureen (Alan) Bagg of Racine, Wisc.; Janice (Phil) Short of Winthrop, and Barbara Miller of Iowa City; mother-in-law, Kay Bottenfield of Solon; sisters-in-law, Joyce Miller of Solon, Karol (Tom) Mauss of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and his brother-in-law, Jim (Deanne) Bottenfield of Urbandale; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Maurice Miller.