Industry remembers co-founder of Miller Transportation

John Thomas “Tom” Miller Sr., age 81, died June 2 at his residence. Miller, co-founder of Miller Transportation, is being remembered for his work in the bus and motorcoach industry.

Miller divided his time between the family farm, his business in Louisville, Kentucky, and his residence in Marco Island, Florida. He enjoyed many activities, mostly related to motor vehicles. He was an excellent mechanic and loved antique cars, according to his obituary. 

Tom Miller
Tom Miller

Like his father, Miller was a school bus contractor for Jefferson County schools for over 25 years. Along with his brother Emmett, he started Miller Transportation, and he served as its president for over 50 years. 

His son, John Miller Jr., now leads the company, which has expanded from Louisville to Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio. Last year, the company announced a partnership with Megabus to expand bus service.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; and his two children: Melissa Stegall (Paul) and John Miller Jr. (Tammy). He is also survived by two siblings, Emmett Miller (Mary) and Suzanne Nolte (John). Tom’s grandchildren are Nash, Sutton and Canon Miller of Marco Island; Paige and Ashley Stegall of Louisville, Kentucky; and Trevyn Stegall of Nashville, Tennessee.

Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, at Joseph E. Ratterman & Son Funeral Home, 7336 Southside Drive, Louisville. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 6105 S. 3rd St., with burial in St. Andrews Cemetery.

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