Miller, Dr. Wayne Lawrence, - 83, of Bargaintown, originally of Glenside, PA was born in Abington, PA on August 1, 1937 passed away February 7, 2021 at Atlanticare Medical Center, after recovering from heart pneumonia illness and while waiting to go to rehab at Linwood Care, had a stroke. He is survived by his loving wife, Lynn Elizabeth Lafferty Miller of 46 years together. He is also survived by his two daughters Wendy Kelly of Las Vegas, NV and Lisa (LaMaun) Richardson of Henderson, NV. Grandchildren Lindsey (Derek) Jappe, Courtney, Carly, Jordan, Holly Richardson all of Henderson, NV and Heather (Ryan) Mahoney of San Clemente, CA. Great-grandchildren Madison and Ryleigh Dimick, Carson and Jalen Jappe, and Graham and Harper Mahoney. He was proceeded in death by his parents Wallace and Mildred Miller, grandson Brandon Dimick and son-in-law Dr. Christopher Kelly. Wayne attended Abington High School and attended College at Pennsylvania Military College and New England College. He also received his Master's degree from Glassboro State College now known as Rowan State University. He then went on to earn his Doctorate Degree in Psychology. After graduating college, he lived and taught school in the city of Cape May. He then accepted a job as a State Farm Agent in Linwood, NJ. Who after one year was the top sales agent in the state of New Jersey. He was promoted and became a State Farm manager hiring and overseeing 14 agents, 18 years later, leaving State Farm, he opened his own Insurance Agency on 8th Street and Ocean City and continued to be a broker and still the Agency is operating today. He also had a National Cold Case business where he would look for missing people. While keeping his Agency, he worked as a school Psychologist first in Millville, NJ and then in Pleasantville, NJ. Retiring in 2017, continued to manage his Insurance Agency. In addition, he was doing casework testing the school children when the schools were in need. All of this he did until he was hospitalized. Wayne's kindness, strength, and easy going personality was amazing. He would drop everything and help anyone he could. As his wife, I will miss these qualities and especially his love. He was intelligent and inventive and could fix and solve almost anything. He could do anything fixing or building house or a car. Wayne enjoyed many hobbies; cars, model T-Fords one of which he had as a teenager. He also had interests in photography, motorcycles, fishing and hunting and talking to people- especially strangers, and many others, but going to NH White Mountains, where we had a cabin for many years, was most rewarding, and he paddling me around in our rowboat, or ice skating together on Bargaintown Lake, on which we have lived for 41 years. Listening to his Ham Radio, going to dog shows, especially showing Elizabeth, our Basset who won Best of Breed at the 2019 televised National Dog Show and of course, our love of our Basset Hounds which were part of our family through the years, since 1980. Wayne will sadly be missed by not only me, but Bogart, Bentley and Elizabeth, his English Cocker Spaniel and our Basset Hounds! During our years of marriage, there was always something interesting to do with Wayne. We had a mail order business of Kites, Kites, Kites, a darkroom where we developed photos we had taken, both in our little apartment before moving to the Lake. Jingle Bells, a Christmas Store, we owned in Ocean City, a small yacht on which we spent every waking second while owning it. Our favorite place to travel was Bermuda, flying there many times. Also, remarkable, was our QEII Cruise throughout the Caribbean. But most of all, he was always there helping and loving me. We had many plans yet to come. A viewing will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 10am to 11am at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, located at 724 Maple Ave, Linwood, NJ 08221. With a service to follow at 11am. Burial will follow at the Zion Cemetery located at 669 Zion Rd, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Adams Perfect Funeral Home.
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Published by The Press of Atlantic City from Feb. 16 to Feb. 19, 2021.