Clyde Henry Miller Jr. threw off his mortal coil and departed this world in the early hours of March 9, 2022. I personally think he just wanted to avoid making a decision on what to have for breakfast for the 33,399th time.
Clyde entered the world on September 30th, 1930, in the sprawling metropolis of Millvale PA, the second child and first son of Clyde and Coletta Miller. He would eventually be joined by two brothers and two more sisters. Clyde enjoyed several decades of Catholic education, from St. Anthony’s grade school to North Catholic High School to the University of Dayton and eventually to the seminary. The years of Catholic education and the example of his father, Clyde developed a healthy sense of humor with the slightest touch of irreverence. Along with his love of teaching, he felt it was his duty to brighten the day of everyone who crossed his path. He never met a person he did not want to make his friend. Even if that person was Teddy Kennedy.
As a priest in the Marianist Order he taught at several Marianist High Schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Hawaii, New York and California. Eventually tiring of being a parish priest and no longer a teacher, Clyde decided to try his hand at being a civilian. It was at this point in his life that he finally found his true calling, being a husband to Barbara (Bobbie) Gehrmann Thorup. They were married in Reno, Nevada in 1972, they were the best example of a couple who were truly in love with each other and who were destined to be together.
Clyde’s gift of gab and sense of humor fit in well with his many business ventures in sales. Starting small with the importing and sale of outdoor and camping equipment (which were frequently sent as gifts to his many nieces and nephews) he eventually moved into real estate sales and occasionally building a home or renovating a home long before house flipping was a thing.
Clyde and Bobbie spent any years together traveling around the world, with Cabo San Lucas being a favorite destination. They loved to entertain and host their family and friends at their home in Pleasant Hill, CA.
As usual for a Miller, Clyde took his sweet old time on this planet and now that he is late in the truest sense of the word, he is no longer keeping his beloved Bobbie, his parents, his brothers Glenn and Norman, his sister Joanne, his nephew Bill and stepson Tom waiting.
He is greatly missed by his surviving sisters Naomi and Eileen, many nieces and nephews and stepsons Robert and Steven Thorup. He is also dearly missed by his longtime friends and neighbors Martha and Greg Alexander and their children whom Clyde and Bobbie loved as family.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011.
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