2012-07-12 / Obituaries

Paul Miller

July 4, 2012


Paul Miller Paul Miller World War II veteran, American history teacher and dedicated patriot Paul E. Miller died on July 4, 2012. He was four score and seven years old.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, he spent most of his summers as a boy at Promised Land Lake in the Poconos. After graduating from high school in 1943, in the middle of World War II, he enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Force.

Once the war was over, he got a BA degree in education from East Stroudsburg State Teacher’s College. While at East Stroudsburg, he met the love of his life, Mary Josephine Franco, and they were married in 1949. They just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. They have five children, Michael, Anne, Robert, Thomas and Paul Edward, all of whom survive him.

A resident of Tunkhannock, PA for over 50 years, Paul was very active in the community. Some of his activities included: treasurer of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, president of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club, president of the Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus, cofounder of the Wyoming County Historical Society, charter member of the Tunkhannock Ambulance Association, member of Tunkhannock American Legion (the Dennis Strong Post) and much more.

Paul was recently recognized by the Governor of Pennsylvania for voting in every election for the past 50 years.

Most of his career was as a history and social studies teacher at Elk Lake High School. “Mr. Miller,” as he was known to generations of Elk Lake students, was a teacher who made a difference. He inspired his students to aim high and to pursue their goals. He was a powerful advocate of American exceptionalism and taught passionately about what makes America great. He was a huge fan of Elk Lake’s basketball team.

Paul died at Little Flower Manor in Wilkes-Barre after a short illness.

There will be no viewing. A service of remembrance will be held at a later date.

For online condolences, visit aplitwinfuneralhomes.com.

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