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Thomas “Tom” Hewitt Miller

Thomas “Tom” Hewitt Miller

Thomas Hewitt Miller, Devoted and Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather

Colonel (Ret.) Thomas “Tom” Hewitt Miller (80) of Ashburn, VA, passed away on July 8, 2017, following a sudden and unexpected illness. Tom was surrounded by his family and deeply loved. Tom’s smile was infectious and he brought laughter and joy to so many. His life was enriched by deep friendships and a love for travel, photography, and music.

Tom was born in 1936 in Waycross, Georgia, where he became an Eagle Scout and played football for Waycross High School. He attended The Citadel and graduated from the University of Georgia, where he earned a B.A. in Economics. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the Reserve Officers Training Corps. While at the University, he met his future wife, Trudee Rakich, to whom he was married to for 58 years.

Tom retired from the U.S. Army in 1988 after 30 years of active duty, which included tours in Germany during the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and Vietnam in 1966-7 as a Field Artillery Officer with the First Cavalry Division. In addition to his tours in Germany and Vietnam, Tom’s Army career also included duty in Korea, Turkey, the Pentagon, and the Presidio in San Francisco, among other stops.

He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College, as well as Shippensburg University, where he earned a Masters in Public Administration. After his time in the Army, he worked with Northrup Grumman Corporation, retiring in 1999. He then spent his retirement years traveling extensively with his family and friends, including visits to Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, Alaska, and the Caribbean. He was an active member of Ashburn Presbyterian Church in Ashburn, VA.

Tom is survived by his loving and devoted wife Trudee Miller of Ashburn, Virginia, his sister Jacqueline Wimberly of Atlanta, Georgia, two daughters (Jennifer Dickerson of Ashburn, Virginia and Allison Millenacker of San Francisco, California), three grandchildren (Ashley Caskey, Stephen Jones, and Victoria Dickerson), three great-grandchildren, two sons-in-law, a grandson-in-law, a brother-in-law, and three nephews.

Tom will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors in the coming months.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy and Sepsis Alliance.

Please share online condolences with the family at http://www.loudounfuneralchapel.com

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