Russell Louis "Rusty" Miller Jr.
1953 - 2021
BORN
1953
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Heitger Funeral Service Jackson Chapel
5850 Wales Avenue Northwest
Massillon, OH
"Rusty" Russell Louis Miller, Jr.

Age 67, of Jackson Township, rejoiced as he met his Lord on Saturday, January 16, 2021. He was born in Canton on February 2, 1953. He was a 1971 graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas High school and received degrees in Accounting and Finance from Malone College in 1975. While he attended Malone full time he also worked full time at his "store", Anne's Pizza Shop, on Cherry Street in Canton, to help support his mom and siblings because his father was very ill. Rusty's first job out of college in 1975 was as an accountant at Hall, Kistler and Company. In 1979 he became employed at Swallen Lahun & Co, then in 1982 as controller at Buckeye Gas before he opened his own tax practice, Pac-Grip Financial Services, Inc. in 1985. He married Marianne in 1979 and they celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary at Brewster Parke Nursing Home on September 22, 2020. Rusty was a resident there following a seizure and fall on April 25, 2019 which caused a spinal cord injury that rendered him paraplegic, requiring 24/7 nursing care. The family is very grateful for the quality care and loving family atmosphere Rusty enjoyed while a resident there. Rusty loved to golf, fish, play cards/gamble and travel. He was fond of animals, especially each of our many dog "children". He liked Marianne's backyard Koi but would rather be catching fish for pleasure or eating. He had a zest for 'fun, food and fellowship' with family and friends. He was a member numerous golf leagues as well as the Elks and Eagles. He was a member of Church of The Lakes United Methodist, devoted to Mission projects, especially the outreach at Canton Calvary Mission in Canton on 13th and Gibbs. He was instrumental in starting and maintaining a Meat Fund at COTL to provide ground beef weekly with the items distributed by the Calvary pantry.

Rusty was preceded in death by his father, Russell. He is survived by his wife, Marianne, and three daughters: Audrey, Gretchen (Patrick) Wendell, and Marijo (Max) Sherrill as well as three grandsons: Levi Wendell, Jack Wendell and Henry Wendell; and one granddaughter, Iona Sherrill. He is also survived by his mother Pat Wagner, brother Terry (Lisa) Miller, sister Sandy (Mike) Machamer and three nephews (Austin and Brennan Miller, Jacob Machamer). Rusty and Marianne were deeply affected by the dismal failure early on to acknowledge the Covid-19 crisis and to harness the USA's great wealth of brainpower, technology, and medical/social services to minimize the pandemic's effect.

A private inurnment was held. No decision has been made regarding a Celebration of Life due to Covid-19. Rusty's fervent wish was that in lieu of flowers, generous contributions be made in his memory to the Calvary Mission Meat Fund in care of Church of the Lakes at 5944 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton OH 44718. His motto was that folks should give 'till it hurts, to benefit those who hurt. To share a memory or send condolences to the family:

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Published by The Repository from Jan. 19 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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Rusty’s mom
Darlene Jones
Acquaintance
January 27, 2021
Rusty mother on the left and my late sister on the right. Rusty’s mom and my later sister worked at the same Nursing Home. I am Darlene Jones from Benson, M N.
Darlene Jones
Acquaintance
January 27, 2021
I would like to add a photo of my late sister and a picture of Rusty’s mother Pat Miller ( Wagner )
Darlene Jones
Acquaintance
January 27, 2021
Rusty as a very hard worker. I met him one time when he was at his mom’s. My late sister and Rusty’s mother were very good friends and they worked at the same Nursing Home.
Darlene Jones
Acquaintance
January 27, 2021
Pat Wagner , so very sorry for the loss of your son Rusty. He will be sadly miss by his mom and family and all who knew and loved him. Darlene & Tom Jones
Darlene
Acquaintance
January 26, 2021
Russ was we’ll known and loved by all how knew him.
Darlene Jones
Acquaintance
January 26, 2021
Rest In Peace Rusty . You will be sadly missed by all that knew you and loved you. Darlene & Tom Jones Benson , MN.
Darlene Jones
Acquaintance
January 26, 2021
Mrs. Miller and family we are very sad to hear about Russ. May he R.I.P. and God Bless you and your family.
Our sincere Sympathy
Bill Miller Plumbing and Patty
Bill M
Patricia A Cramer
Acquaintance
January 25, 2021
Continued thoughts and prayers to all missing Russ. He had such a big personality. Mark and I will miss him dearly as our longtime friend and accountant. Prior to the pandemic we were able to visit him a few times at Brewster. Then Russ kept in touch via text messages and FB. I pray we all find comfort knowing he is no longer in pain and ‘walking’ with God.
Barb and Mark Scheetz
Friend
January 24, 2021
Pat and family,
So sorry for the loss of Rusty as I knew him in the early years at the Farwick household. Much fun had and unforgettable memories. Thoughts and prayers for all of the family.
Ron Wagner
Friend
January 24, 2021
To Marianne and Family. My deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your loss. I will truly miss my longtime friend and accountant. We shared so many business talks, laughs and fun times. I wish you peace and comfort. Jim Angello
James Angello
Friend
January 24, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Heitger Funeral Service Jackson Chapel Jackson Chapel
January 24, 2021
Deepest condolences to the Miller family and the team at Pac-Grip. Russ was very dear to us. We will miss him very much.
Mark and Barb Scheetz
Friend
January 22, 2021
May God’s richest blessings with the Miller family at this time of grief And celebrating Rusty’s life. He will be dearly missed by so many close friends. Many fond memories too many to mention. He left a kind, giving legacy. It has been mentioned by many others and it always stuck in my mind his motto saying to have fun, food and fellowship!
Greg George
Friend
January 22, 2021
We feel Blessed to have known you. God Bless You Russ, Phillip & Natalie Elum
January 20, 2021
Lifting up the Miller family as you celebrate Rusty's life and legacy
Malone University
January 19, 2021
I met Rusty at his mom’s house while Rusty’s friend was cutting his mom’s grass. Rusty’s mom and have been very good friends for A long time. I met Rusty’s mom through my sister . They worked at the same nursing home. When my sister passed away , I called Pat Sis. We will good friends for a long time.
Darlene &Tom Jones
Acquaintance
January 19, 2021
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