Theodore Conrad Miller Sr., 88, of Granite Shoals died Sept. 7, 2012, just five days shy of his 89th birthday. He was born to Franz Aloysius Miller and Marie Elizabeth (Palitsch) Miller on Sept. 12, 1923 in Troy, N.Y.
He served as a flight officer in the Army Air Corps during World War II. During his service, he married Alma Ruth Bell in McAllen. They celebrated their 66th anniversary on Aug. 12, 2012.
Along with his wife and son, he owned and operated an industrial construction business for many years in the Rio Grande Valley. Upon their retirement, the couple moved to Granite Shoals where they built their dream lakefront home. Many wonderful memories were made over the years with family and friends.
He was a devout Catholic and member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. He served proudly as a 4th Degree Knight for the Knights of Columbus, Council 13245, where he supported charitable causes. They loved to travel and spent many years discovering the United States in their motor home, and then explored Europe and cruised to many places.
He loved to fish and hunt and was a marksman. But his most cherished times were spent with his wife and his many friends playing dominoes and sitting on the back patio watching the sun set over Lake LBJ. He enjoyed telling many tales of his life and times.
He will be remembered as a great American and a proud member of the “Greatest Generation” whose love of God and country was first and foremost. And, most important, he will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend.
In addition to his wife of Granite Shoals, survivors include his son Theodore Conrad Miller Jr. of Edinburg; daughters Martha Jane Miller of McAllen and Theresa Elizabeth Miller of Kingsland; “honorary” daughter Donna Sue Taylor of Kingsland; grandchildren Melanie, Andrea and T. C. Miller III; great-granddaughter Isabella Miller; brothers Frank J. Miller and Karl M. Miller of Troy, N.Y.; Elizabeth M. Kirby of Mechanicville, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be recited and a military honors service will be held 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at Putnam Funeral Home, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 151 Trinity Drive in Kingsland.
A private graveside inurnment service will take place at Roselawn Cemetery in McAllen at a later date.
An online guest register may be signed at www.PutnamCares.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Council 13245, P.O. Box 1283, Kingsland, TX 78639 and/or to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1748, Kingsland, TX 78639.