Matt Miller, 71, of Phoenix took his spirit flight home on Monday, March 21 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Submitted photo

Matt Miller, 71, of Phoenix took his spirit flight home on Monday, March 21 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Matt was born in Mason City, Iowa, on Feb. 12, 1940. He graduated from Mason City High School in 1958 and then started working as an engineer for the Rock Island Rail Road. He answered his call to serve our country with the U.S. Army from May 6, 1963 to May 7, 1965 at the time of the Vietnam War. On May 1, 1963 he married Beatrice Hruska and they resided in Mason City, Iowa, until 1968, when he chose to continue his education at Iowa State University, graduating in 1970 with a degree in mechanical engineering. They relocated to Des Moines, Iowa, where Matt started his engineering career with Meredith Printing and later was transferred to Casa Grande, Ariz., to oversee the construction of a new printing plant. In 1989 he continued his career with Quebecor Printing in San Jose, Calif. While in California he found a love for the ocean and sailing.

A man of many talents, Matt enjoyed wood working and was a great fix-it man for many family members and friends. Another joy for him was traveling, which took him throughout the U.S. and to many parts of Europe. He enjoyed the game of golf with family and friends, even accomplishing the rare feat of a hole-in-one in 2008. He made many faithful friends throughout his life and considered himself truly blessed for having known them. Matt was a member of the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Veterans Post 64 and the Woodworks Club at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center in Ahwatukee.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, Bea, Matt is survived by his son Douglas of San Francisco, Calif., and daughter Dr. DeAnne Miller of Benicia, Calif., sisters Gloria Hauser of Weslaco, Texas, and Pat Nettleton of Hemet, Calif., stepbrothers Bob Arbuckle of Iowa City, Iowa, and Richard Arbuckle, as well as several in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant son and his parents.

Services will take place on April 11 with a 9:30 a.m. celebration mass at Corpus Christi Church, followed by a luncheon at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Cave Creek.


• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or

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