Harry C. Miller

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Miller Harry C. Miller, 91, of Westminster-Thurber Community, died Thursday, January 31, 2013. He was born September 8, 1921 in Columbus, OH and lived on the west side in the "Bottoms" early in life, and on the "Hilltop" where he was a member and ordained elder of Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church from 1956-2013. He graduated from West High School in 1939 and attended The Ohio State University where he met his wife and mother of his five children, Martha (Scanland), who died in 1984. His college was interrupted by WW II. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946. As a paratrooper with the rank of sargent in the 17th Airborn Division, he received the Bronze Star for Valor in spring 1945 in Germany. After VE Day, he was transferred to the 82nd Airborn and served in the Berlin Occupation Force. He earned a Bachelors Degree from The Ohio State University on the GI Bill after the war. Harry was outgoing and friendly, and had two complete careers in sales; 35 years selling builders supplies to hardwares and lumber yards in the western half of Ohio, and 25 years selling residential real estate in west Columbus. Harry married Mary Lou Bates in 1985. They moved to Westminster-Thursday in 2000 where Mary Lou died in 2009. Harry loved his two families, the Ohio State University Buckeyes, the Cincinnati Reds, the Hilltop Y's Mens Club, and the loving and caring people at Westminster-Thurber and at DaVita Dialysis on E. Mound St. In addition to his wives, Harry was preceded in death by his parents Manuel and Inez Miller, by his older brothers Kenneth, Bernard and Inglis Miller and by his son Frank Miller (Mary). Harry is survived by his son, Lawrence Miller (Eloise) of Granville, OH; daughter, Diane Johnson (Michael Bouldin) of Coralville, IA: son, Philip Miller (Margarite Marquez) of Mars, PA; son, Frederick Miller (Christine) of Newbury Park, CA; step-son, David Hartsook (Nancy) of Columbus, OH; step-daughter, Susan Rollings (friend, Ellen Lebson) of Columbus, OH; and step-daughter, Sally Wade (Jerry) of Columbus, OH. Harry's grandchildren are Adam Miller (Helen) of Columbus, OH, Benjamin Miller of Milwaukee, WI; Jessica Garron (Jason) of Fairbanks, AK, Eric Johnson of Minneapolis, MN, Isaac Miller (Courtney) of Redwood City, CA and Grace Chappell (Rob) of Lewis Center, OH. Harry's step-grandchildren are Kristin Maehl of Columbus, OH, David Billingsley (Amy) of Newport Beach, CA, Jonathan Rollings (Skye) of Columbus, OH, Sarah Rollings (Bill) of Columbus, OH, Lauren Wade of Columbus, OH and Jillian Wade of Columbus, OH. Harry's great-grandchildren are Christopher Miller of Columbus, OH, Athena and Burnley Garron of Fairbanks, AK and Camden and Logan Chappell of Lewis Center, OH. Harry's step-great-grandchildren are Cooper and Kylie Maehl of Columbus, OH, Zoe and Zachary Salaam of Newport Beach, CA, and Snow and Omri Rollings of Columbus, OH. There will be a Memorial Service for Harry on Holy Saturday, March 30 at Westminster-Thurber Community at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions in honor of Harry can be made to Westminster-Thurber Community, 717 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43215; Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2900 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204 or to the YMCA's Camp Wilson, 2732 County Rd. 11, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 3, 2013
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