Glenn Miller, owner of Miller’s Bottled Gas in Bowling Green, Kentucky, died June 19 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He was 74.
Miller worked for the propane company that his father, Preston, started in 1945, and he took on an active role at the state and national levels of the industry.
Miller was instrumental in the industry’s efforts to create the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). He teamed with Milford Therrell, a founding member of PERC, to steer a multi-year effort that resulted in the 1996 passage of the Propane Education and Research Act, which led to PERC’s formation. Miller then served as the council’s co-chairman for two terms.
“Glenn was one of the cornerstones of PERC,” said Jimmy Reynolds, a retired Alabama propane retailer who owned Reynolds Gas & Appliance Co., prior to Miller’s induction into the LP Gas Hall of Fame in 2015. “He kept everybody on track.”
Stuart Weidie, president and CEO of Blossman Gas, called Miller a true gentleman and a wonderful man who galvanized propane industry members around the country to support the formation of PERC.
Miller also served as a lobbyist on behalf of the propane industry at both the national and state levels. He helped to repeal mandatory price controls alongside Pargas’ Bill Hill. He also pressed the state of Kentucky to pass legislation to form the Kentucky PERC in 1998.
“Glenn was a resource for [Kentucky PERC],” said Tod Griffin, executive director of the Kentucky Propane Gas Association, in 2015. “Our Kentucky PERC bill was modeled after the national one because Glenn knew that language so well.”
Miller served twice as the Kentucky association’s president and on the National Propane Gas Association’s board of directors continuously since 1978, his obituary notes.
Miller was inducted into the LP Gas Hall of Fame for his industry leadership. Below is a video from Miller’s 2015 induction speech.