July 11, 1926 – April 19, 2022
David Miller, the former owner and co-chairman of Trumbull Industries, Inc. passed away on
Tuesday, April 19, 2022. David was born in Warren, Ohio to Samuel and Katie (White) Miller, and
graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1944. He swiftly enlisted in the U.S. Navy
following graduation and served until the war ended. He returned to Warren and met and married
his sweetheart, Marilyn Simon. They were fortunate to have recently celebrated their 70th wedding
Anniversary this past February.
David is survived by his wife Marilyn, sons Sam (Margie) Miller and Ken (Wendy) Miller, and
daughter Linda Miller. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Henry Miller, Dr. Sara (Harrison)
Strowd, Lauren Stein and Amy (John) Clark and great grandchild Penelope Strowd. He was
preceded in death by his parents and siblings Ruth (Irwin) Fleck and Milt (Laura) Miller.
Dave and his brother Milt developed a thriving wholesale distribution business servicing plumbing,
building, and municipal contractors throughout northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Dave developed dealer incentive trip programs as well as other innovative marketing programs that
helped Trumbull Industries grow. These trips took Trumbull Travelers all over the globe to places
including Paris, London, Tokyo, Madrid, Gibraltar, and Morocco; locations which in the 1960’s and
70’s was considered exotic.
Dave and Milt launched the industry’s first buying and marketing group called C.L. WATT, named
after its six founding members. This group, started in Warren, Ohio later became Affiliated
Distributors, the largest such group in the U.S. today. In addition, the brothers founded the first
computer data processing company in their industry known as Distronics, later sold to Western
Union. Along with these achievements, Dave also helped found one of the first regional distribution
groups in the industry named Tri State Distributors Association and became its first president.
Dave loved a bargain and relished in creating an atmosphere where Trumbull could sell its
distressed inventory and where customers could get a deal. His success and love of selling
distressed products led to the development of Dave’s Bargain Outlet at Trumbull.
Dave enjoyed Boca Raton, Florida for over 30 years. He was a member of Woodfield Country Club,
was an avid golfer, and he loved entertaining there. He was a fifty plus year member of Squaw
Creek Country Club. Above everything else Dave loved his family and enjoyed time with them. His
greatest pleasure was visits with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchild Penelope. He
planned and enjoyed countless family vacations. In later years he relished family visits to Florida,
and more recently in Ohio. He was a gentle, humble, and kind soul who treated the other person’s
wants and wishes before any of his own. He was a husband, father, mentor, and leader in his own
quiet and unassuming manner. He will be missed.
Calling hours will be at 10:00 am Thursday, April 21, 2022, with services following at 11:00 am at
Congregation Ohev Beth Sholom (formerly Rodef Sholom) 1119 Elm St., Youngstown, OH 44505.
The family requests contributions be made to Congregation Ohev Beth Sholom in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.
Friends and family may view this obituary and share memories and condolences at http://www.shriverallisoncourtleyfuneral home.com.
Shiva will be observed at the home of Wendy and Ken Miller, 9550 Hunt Club Trail NE, Warren, Ohio 44484 on Thursday evening at 7 pm until 9pm, and on Friday afternoon from 1pm until 4 pm. Shiva will resume on Sunday from 7 pm until 9 pm.
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