SPENCERVILLE — The Rev. Lowell B. Miller, 95, of rural Spencerville, Ohio, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 9 a.m. at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, Ohio, following a short illness.
He was born May 18, 1919, near Mendon in Mercer County, Ohio, a son of Harry F. and Zoa Hannah Emans Miller, who are deceased. On June 22, 1041, he married Ruth L. Clark, who survives in Spencerville.
Also surviving are two daughters, Linda (Harold) Street, of Houston, Ohio, and Rebecca (David) Keifer, of Piqua, Ohio; three sons, Edwin (Judy) Miller, of Southington, Connecticut, Dr. David (Dr. Joy) Miller, of Circleville, Ohio, and James Miller, of Newark, Ohio; one sister, Vonnie McDorman, of Clayton, Ohio; 26 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Albert, who died in World War II, Harry Jr., Dean W. and infant Melvin Wayne Miller, and two sisters, Dorothy Thomas and Eloise Miller.
Lowell was a 1937 graduate of Spencerville High School and then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He worked as a supervisor at the St. Marys Goodyear Plant until WWII, when he joined the Army Air Force, where he was a power turret and gun sight specialist with the rank of technical sergeant in the 283rd Bomb Squad Training Unit.
He started preaching during the pastorate of the Rev. N.C. McNelly, a local pastor. He supplied pastorate services for churches while in the Army Air Force and even filled in for their chaplain at times.
After the war he returned to Goodyear for a few months and then resigned to attend Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois, where he earned an AB degree in Philosophy in 1950 with honors. He received his degree in Theology in 1951 with honors and was ordained in 1954 in the Church of the Nazarene, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
He served churches in Montpelier, Kenton, Sidney, Springfield and St. Paris, all in Ohio. While at Sidney, he was responsible for relocating and building a new church building. In retirement he worked several years on camp maintenance at the Nazarene Camp Center in St. Marys, Ohio, and supplied churches throughout the Northwestern District. He served eight months in Paulding and three wonderful years at Countryside near Van Wert, Ohio.
He was a life member of the American Legion Post 888 in Columbus, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, Ohio, with Pastor Tom Shobe officiating. Burial will follow in the Mendon Cemetery with the Spencerville veterans conducting military rites at the gravesite.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are to the Spencerville Church of the Nazarene.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.