Trooper Joshua D. Miller, 34, of Pittston, Pa., died June 7, 2009, while protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Josh was born June 13, 1974, a son of Walter Miller, of Pittston, and Peggy Miller, of Plymouth. Josh graduated from Pittston Area High School, Class of 1992. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1993, serving honorably and achieving the rank of Corporal upon his discharge.
Upon his separation from active duty, he worked at the Monroe County Correctional Facility. While working there, Josh enrolled at Lackawanna Junior College and attended the Act 120 course. Upon graduation from Act 120, Josh joined the Tunkhannock Borough Police Department in 1999 where he worked until September of 2002, when he then joined the Pennsylvania State Police.
Josh worked at the Bethlehem barracks, then transferring to the Swiftwater barracks. While there he was selected to be a member of an elite unit that conducted aggressive patrol within the Monroe County area of PSP operations. Josh took pride in training new troopers and hoped to instill his work ethic in these new young troopers. While off duty, Josh enjoyed hunting with his wife and spending quality time with his family and friends. Staying physically fit played a large role in Josh’s life, as was evident in his high level of preparedness.
In 2001, Josh met his wife, Angela, and they were married in Oct. 2005. Josh was preceded in death by his father, Walter, in 1998. Surviving are his wife, the former Angela Bowman, of Laceyville, now of Pittston, Pa.; daughters Justine Miller, 16, Breana Miller, 13, and Joslyn Miller, 2; mother Peggy Hurysh and stepfather Michael Hurysh; stepmother Laurie Blake, of Duryea; sister Kelly Naples and brother-in-law David Naples; sister Season Hurysh; brother Jeremy Miller and Ciara Gregory; brothers Daniel, Joel and Jacob Miller; mother-in-law Robin Brown and Bill Pickett, of Laceyville; father-in-law Doug Bowman, of Laceyville; stepfather-in-law John Taluba, of Laceyville; brother-in-law Stephen Bowman and Jen Hill, of Laceyville; sister-in-law Brandy Taluba and Chris Norton, of Silvara; brother-in-law Mark Taluba and Stephanie Temple, of Glen Rock; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. from the Pittston Area High School, 5 Stout St. Yatesville, Pa., with Pastor Lori Robinson. Interment will be held at the Lacey Street Cemetery, Laceyville, Pa., with formal Pennsylvania State Police and Military Honors. Friends and family may call at the Pittston Area High School on Thursday, from 1 to 8 p.m.
Arrangements are by Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. For directions or online condolences, go to sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to the Josh Miller Memorial Fund
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