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MILLER John D. "Don" Miller, age 91, passed away peacefully Tuesday at home in Gahanna in the company of his sons, Mike, Tim and Ed and his daughters-in-law. Don was a fixture for decades as "the insurance man" in his native Somerset, Ohio, and northern Perry County, cheerfully dispensing advice on life and work as well as finances to his customers. Don's beautiful war bride and wife of 60 years, Agnes Genevieve Maloney of Brooklyn, N.Y., preceded him in death at age 82 in 2006. They wed at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York upon Don's return from World War II, which he entered in a landing craft on freezing Omaha Beach in June 1944 as a technical corporal. "We didn't talk about much of anything, except winning," he said later of himself and his mates as they prepared to scale the cliffs at Normandy, "because we thought we were all going to get killed." He immediately saw action at the Battle of St. Lo and continued fighting with his First Army Headquarters Battalion comrades through the Battle of the Bulge, remaining in Europe past V-E Day, eager to return and bring Agnes from New York to tiny Somerset and family life. At the time of his death, he was the oldest member of American Legion Post 58 in Somerset. Don was active at Holy Trinity Church for decades before he and Agnes moved to Pataskala and, in retirement, to Vero Beach, Fla., where Agnes could root for her former Brooklyn Dodgers in spring training and Don could pursue his passion for fishing. They lived in "Vero" for 23 years before returning to Ohio in 2004. As a child, Don's duties at the 1857 church included pulling the ropes to ring the bells, and he later led the Holy Name Society and countless prayer services. John Donald Miller was born at the family home in Somerset on June 15, 1919, the eldest son and second of 10 children of John Pius and Mary Emma King Miller. He graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1937, became a grocery store manager, then a soldier, then an agent for 25 years with Western-Southern Life Insurance Co., selling the first policies some neighbors ever owned and becoming the first Catholic that many had invited into their Southeastern Ohio homes. Don is survived by three sons, D. Michael Miller (Janet) of Gahanna, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, American Electric Power Co., Timothy A. Miller (Patricia) of Pataskala, vice president, public affairs, Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations, and Edward K. Miller (Anne Marie) of Worthington and Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., senior manager, news and industry relations, Honda North America Inc.; eight grandchildren, Ryan (Amy) Miller of Clintonville, Todd Miller of New York City, Allan Miller of Blacklick, Teresa Miller (Dan) Murph of Hilliard, Katharine Miller (Sean) Quinn of Chicago, Edward Michael Miller of Detroit, and Mary and Elizabeth Miller of Worthington; one great-grandchild, Patrick Quinn of Chicago; and four brothers and sisters, Robert Miller of Somerset, Thomas Miller of Somerset, Elizabeth Vittorio of Columbus, and William Miller of Zanesville. Don was preceded in death by sisters Delores Probasco of Somerset and Margaret Reall of Columbus, and brothers John Miller of Noel, Mo., Francis Miller of Somerset, and James Miller of Columbus. Services will be Thursday, July 8, from 2-4 p.m. (with 3 p.m. prayer service) and 6-8 p.m. at SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST CHAPEL, 1051 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna, Ohio. A Mass of Resurrection will be sung at 11 a.m. Friday, July 9 at the Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany, Ohio, 43054. Father Jerome P. Rodenfels, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of John D. Miller to Catholic Social Services of Central Ohio, 197 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio, 43215; or to InCare Hospice Foundation, 2235 North Bank Dr., Columbus, Ohio, 43220, www.InCareHomeHealth.org; or United Way of Central Ohio, 360 S. Third St., Columbus, Ohio, 43215, uwcentralohio.org. Send condolences to www.schoedinger.com.
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