Henry L. Miller, 99

JUNE 12, 1912-APRIL 5, 2012

April 06, 2012
  • Miller

Retired U.S. Army Col. Henry Loose Miller, 99, of Hagerstown, died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Homewood Retirement Center, Williamsport.

Born June 12, 1912, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Dr. Victor and Nellie (Loose) Miller of Hagerstown. He was the husband of Esther "Winnie" (Winroth) Miller of Williamsport.

Col. Miller graduated from Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and received a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University in 1934. In 1938, he married Esther at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. After graduation, he was employed by Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in New England. In 1941, he entered active military service with the Connecticut National Guard as a first lieutenant, and after the war accepted a regular Army commission. Army assignments included a field artillery battalion command; Army attaché; to the Republic of the Philippines; G-2 Intelligence Division, Army General Staff; Intelligence Division, Department of Defense; Puerto Rico; Panama Canal Zone; and Egypt. Among his decorations are the Bronze Star and the Philippine Legion of Honor. He was a graduate of the Army Intelligence School, Advanced Artillery School and the Command and General Staff College.

Immediately after retirement from the Army in 1962, he became an account executive with Merrill Lynch in Washington, D.C., a position he held until 1973. In 1979, he and Mrs. Miller moved to Hagerstown.

Col. Miller served on the board of the Washington County Historical Society, the board of community concerts and had been a member of the Washington County Hospital Auxiliary, where he volunteered for many years. He had been an elder of the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown. He also was a member of the American Legion, Williamsport, and the Military Officers Association. He was a former member of the Assembly Club, and an honorary member of the Fountain Head Country Club, where he was a member of the golf committee and organized the senior interclub golf matches in 1982. He volunteered at Homewood Retirement Center. He and his late brother, Vic Miller, gave to the Washington County Historical Society their share of his parents' home, now known as the Miller House.

The colonel is survived by a son, David Scott Miller of Newton, N.J.; a daughter, Susan Miller Hunt Ferguson of Niantic, Conn.; four grandchildren, Christine Amber Libby of Portland, Maine, Scott Richard Miller of Salem, Conn., Dr. Heather Hunt Swales of West Hartford, Conn., and Jonathan Ross Hunt of San Francisco, Calif.; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, the colonel was preceded in death by a brother, Victor Davis Miller; and a sister, Helen Miller Matthias.

The colonel's celebration of life service will be Monday, April 9, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown. The Revs. Kyle Powderly and Jeffrey L. Shull will both officiate. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

Military honors shall be accorded by Washington County AMVETS Post 10 and the Bulldog Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Winnie and Henry Miller Maintenance Fund of the Presbyterian Church, 201 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

The Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences are accepted at

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