Wilbur D. Miller is a funeral director at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory in Somerset and Rockwood. Although he maintains his professional license, he is mostly enjoying retirement.
He is a 1944 graduate of Somerset High School, where he was an All-State volleyball player on the 1944 State Runner-up Golden Eagles. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy in WWII where he served on the heavy cruiser Chicago in the South Pacific, and a 1947 graduate of Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, PA, where he earned the Dean’s Award for exceptional academic achievement.
Upon graduation from mortuary school, Wilbur was employed at the Clyde Brooks Funeral Home in Indian Head where he worked for 5 years before moving to Somerset and founding Miller Funeral Home in 1953.
Wilbur was elected as Coroner of Somerset County in 1973, serving 24 years in office before his retirement in 1997.
He is a member of the Somerset County Funeral Directors’ Association and the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors’ Association. He is a member and past president of the Pennsylvania Coroner’s Association where he was instrumental in the implementation of the continuing education system for coroners in use today. Wilbur is a charter member of the Indian Creek Valley Lions Club and later joined the Somerset Lions Club where he was a past president, and is a recipient of the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship award for dedicated humanitarian services. He was the longtime chairman of the well-known Lions Club Oyster Supper held each March. He was charter member of the Somerset Jaycees. He is a member and Past Master of Lodge #358 of the Free and Accepted Masons. He is also a member of the Harrisburg Consistory and the Jaffa Temple in Altoona. He is a life member of the Somerset Fire Department. He is a past Noble Grand of the Somerset Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a life member of both the Somerset American Legion and VFW. He is a member of the Somerset Church of the Brethren where he has taught the same Sunday School class for 56 years and sings in the choir. He was a longtime member of the Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus.
Wilbur is an avid golfer, hunter, Steeler Fan, and antique car enthusiast. He currently resides at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Rockwood.