John Miller (1921 - 2013)

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John Frederick Miller

LAKE PLACID, FL: John Frederick Miller, age 91, of Lake Placid, Florida, went to be with his Heavenly Father Monday, January 21, 2013 in Sebring, Florida. He was born November 20, 1921 to the late Peter John Miller and Esther (Breece) Miller Lamp in Lexington, Ohio, and had been a resident of Lake Placid for over 25 years, coming from Mansfield, Ohio. John developed his strong work ethic as a child working on the family farm, Miller's Dairy. He was employed in Maintenance at the Mansfield Tire Company and then at Therm-O-Disc. He was a member of the Mansfield Tire 25-year Club. John was a combat veteran serving in the European Theatre during World War II, with the U.S. Army and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Purple Heart Association and was instrumental in the dedication of Highway 27 as the "Purple Heart Highway". He was a charter member of Diamond Hills Baptist Church and member of First Baptist Church of Lake Placid, where he served as a Deacon and was on numerous committees for both churches. John was a volunteer Chaplain at Florida Hospital, Lake Placid, for many years and had been a Leader for the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jessie Miller of Lake Placid; daughters, Linda (Fred) Cler of Muncie, IN and Ann (Roger) Miller-Pedersen of Sebring, FL; son, John P. (Kathy) Miller of Mt. Gilead, OH; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and special nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Myers and Ethel Kochheiser.

A funeral service conducted by Rev. Christopher R. Thomas will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Road with military honors presented by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park. Friends and family may visit beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 25, 2013
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