Donald E. Miller, Sr. age 80, of Uniopolis died 10:25 p. m., Sunday March 11 at Otterbein-Cridersville. He was born July 20, 1931 in Lima to John Lawrence and Pearl Arizona Roberts Miller, both parents are deceased. He married Shirley Ann Jackson Jan. 15, 1949 his loving and devoted wife of 63 years and she survives in Uniopolis.
Mr. Miller founded Miller Brothers Tire Service in 1954, it was an all consuming life endeavor. His slogan was ‘The customer is what makes the business’. He enjoyed the family cottage and fishing at Indian Lake. He treasured spending time with family especially grandchildren and great grandchildren at family events and holidays. He was generous and compassionate giving monetary gifts, services and products to those in ministry and in need. He was a supporter of missionary endeavors and projects. He was the honorary chairman of Special Olympics. He also enjoyed his dog Baby.
Survivors include 5 children: Terry (Isaac) Smythia of Uruguay, South America, Donald E. (Mona) Miller, Jr. of Lima, Patricia A. (Paul deceased) Golden of Lima, Michael Lee (Sheila) Miller of Wapakoneta and Gale Leslie (Leslie) Miller of Uniopolis, 18 grandchildren: Jason (Andrea) Smythia, Brianne Smythia, Aimee (Eric) Bontrager, Mindy (Dustin) Hughes, Gregory Mooney, Michael Golden, Aarin Hollar, Zackery Golden, Jeremiah Golden, Alayna Golden, Destiny Golden, Makayla Golden, Corey Miller, Katelyn Miller, Brent (Eiren) Miller, Aaron (Katie) Miller, Meaghen (Shawn) Hays, Galen Miller, 8 great grandchildren: Emily Bontrager, Hayden Hughes, Winston Hughes, Reed Hughes, Jenna Hughes, Cadence Miller, Channing Miller and Piper Hays; 15 Siblings: Eldon (Marian) Miller of Lima, Betty deceased (Walter) Eberle of Lima, Robert ( Betty deceased) Miller of Lima, John (Barbara) Miller of Lima, Ruth Eileen Miller deceased, Helen (Floyd) Gross of Wapakoneta, Richard (Betty) Miller of Elida, Erma (Ronald deceased) Gross of Wapakoneta, Mary Miller deceased, Marcella deceased (Robert) Pitchford of Lima, Roger deceased (Betty) Miller of Lima, Larry G. deceased (Sue) Miller of Lima, Shirley (Mike) Stanley of Muskogee, OK, Carolyn Miller deceased, Ronald (Cheryl L.) Miller of Beavercreek, OH.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by a grandson Joseph Golden and a great grandson Preston Hughes and son-in-law Gregory Mooney.
The funeral service will begin 11:00 a. m., Saturday March 17 at First Assembly of God, Lima with Pastor Randy Davis, Revs. Jerry Hall, Isaac Smythia and Dustin Hughes will officiate. Entombment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends 2-8 p. m., Friday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home Cridersville.
Memorial contributions may be given to The American Diabetes Association, The Parkinson’s Association or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm