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Samuel "Sam" E. Miller

August 13, 1943 — February 1, 2024

Jefferson

Samuel E. Miller, affectionately known as "Sam," passed away on February 1, 2024, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 13, 1943, in Manchester, Maryland to his parents, George William Miller and Bertha Emma Dukehart Miller. Sam had a zest for life and made a significant impact on those around him through his various careers and personal endeavors.

Sam's career spanned several notable organizations where he contributed his skills and expertise. He started at Westinghouse and later joined the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. After retiring from Watkins-Johnson, Sam ventured into entrepreneurship and co-owned Custom Security Specialists with his son Brian E. Miller. They later worked together at Miller's Residential Creations until Sam's final retirement in 2009. His dedication and hard work were evident throughout his professional journey.

Education played an essential role in Sam's life. He graduated from North Harford High School, class of 1961. 

Sam enlisted in the United States Navy immediately following high school where he proudly served as an Aviation Electronics Technician and was honorably discharged in 1967. His military service instilled discipline, resilience, and patriotism within him.

He obtained an Associate of Arts Degree from Frederick Community College later in life.  These achievements set the foundation for his future accomplishments.

Outside of work Sam had an array of hobbies and interests that brought him immense joy. He had a green thumb and poured his heart into gardening and landscaping projects. A dedicated researcher, he delved into various subjects with fervor. Hunting allowed him to connect with nature while camping provided opportunities for him to unwind and enjoy tranquility with family and friends.

One of Sam's proudest roles was being a passionate grandfather to Brian E. Miller Jr., Kaysie D. Schlentner and husband, Austin, and Sarah N. Buckley. He cherished every moment spent with his children and grandchildren capturing countless memories that are reflected through his photography skills. As an enthusiastic Band-father and grandfather, Sam was actively involved in supporting and encouraging his children's and grandchildren's musical aspirations. He understood the power of music and its ability to touch souls.

Sam's involvement in his community was extensive, highlighting his commitment to making a positive difference. He was a valued member of the Jefferson Ruritan, AmVets, American Legion, Fraternity Order of the Eagles, and Boy Scouts of America Troop 274 as an assistant scoutmaster. Additionally, Sam was a proud member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). He served as the former Bandbooster President of Brunswick High School Marching Railroaders, leaving a lasting impact on the young musicians.

Sam will be dearly missed by his surviving family and friends. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 53 years, Mary F. Miller, who stood by his side throughout life's joys and challenges. His children Monica M. Miller and significant other, Shawn Wright and Brian E. Miller and wife, Durenda will forever cherish the love and guidance he bestowed upon them.

The legacy Sam leaves behind is one that will be remembered with admiration and gratitude. His sister Shirley A. Clift holds countless memories close to her heart. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Robert, Donald and George Miller.

Samuel E. Miller's services will be held to honor his remarkable life. Visitation will take place on February 8, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike in Frederick, MD. 21702.  Another visitation will be held on February 9, 2024, starting at 8:30 AM until 10:30 AM at the same location. Following the visitations, a Celebration of Life ceremony will commence at 10:30 AM on February 9, 2024. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

In honoring Sam's memory, we come together not only to mourn but also to celebrate the incredible life he led. He touched the hearts of many and will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, a doting grandfather, a loyal friend, and an exceptional member of his community.

In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his name to the Jefferson Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 415, Jefferson, Maryland 21755.

As we bid farewell to Sam, let us hold onto the joy and inspiration he brought into our lives. May his spirit guide us in cherishing our loved ones, pursuing our passions, and making a positive impact on the world around us. In honoring his memory, may we find solace knowing that Sam's legacy will live on through each life he touched.



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Visitation

Thursday, February 8, 2024

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Stauffer Funeral Home-Frederick

1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702

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Visitation

Friday, February 9, 2024

8:30 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

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1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702

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Celebration of Life

Friday, February 9, 2024

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

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1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702

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Burial

Friday, February 9, 2024

Starts at 11:30 am (Eastern time)

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