Eugene R. Miller, 87, of Shelton, entered into rest on Thursday July 26, 2012 peacefully at his home. He was the devoted husband of Patricia Ruether Miller.
On February 2, 1925, he was born to John William and Katherine Geisel Miller in Williamstown, MA. There he spent an Idyllic childhood surrounded by forests and books.
Eugene enrolled in Harvard and attended college until he was drafted into the US Army at the age of 18. He proudly served under General Patton and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. After his discharge, he completed his studies at Harvard and then went on to Cornell for graduate work.
Following this he started his life long journalism career as a reporter, working for a number of newspapers in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. He then moved to Japan to be the Managing Editor of Pacific Stars and Stripes. He continued his career in the US at the New York Times where he was a Copy Editor and then went on to become Editor and Publisher of the Evening Sentinel in Ansonia, CT.
After he retired, Eugene obtained his Masters in History from Southern CT State University. He then began his second career, tutoring college students in English, where he concentrated on writing and often worked with students for whom English was a second language. He continued to tutor until his final days and has left a legacy of helping hundreds of young people excel by increasing their proficiency in writing.
Eugene was an avid history buff and a member of the Civil War Round Table where he often lectured. He was a lover of New Orleans Jazz and spent many many vacations in the French Quarter of the Crescent City with his wife Pat.
He is the father of Stephen Miller and Lawrence Miller, grandfather of Jon, Katherine and Benjamin and brother to Paul J.W. Miller.
His memorial service will be held on Saturday August 4, 2012 at 11:30 am at St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Ave. Shelton, CT 06484. Full Military Honors will be held at the church following the service. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 26 Lester St., P.O. Box 522, Ansonia, CT 06401. The Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd., Shelton, are in trusted with the arrangements.