Donald E. Miller Sr. 80, of Uniopolis, died at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
He was born July 20, 1931, in Lima, the son of Pearl Arizona (Roberts) and John Lawrence Miller, who are both parents are deceased. On Jan. 15, 1949, he married his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Shirley Ann Jackson. She survives in Uniopolis.
Also surviving are five children, Terry (Isaac) Smythia, of Uruguay, Donald E. (Mona) Miller, Jr. of Lima, Patricia A. (Paul deceased) Golden, of Lima, Michael Lee (Sheila) Miller, of Wapakoneta, and Gale Leslie (Leslie) Miller, of Uniopolis; 18 grandchildren; Jason (Andrea) Smythia, Brianne Smythia, Aimee (Eric) Bontrager, Mindy (Dustin) Hughes, Gregory Mooney, Michael Golden, Aarin Hollar, Zackery Golden, Jeremiah Golden, Alayna Golden, Destiny Golden, Makayla Golden, Corey Miller, Katelyn Miller, Brent (Eiren) Miller, Aaron (Katie) Miller, Meaghen (Shawn) Hays, and Galen Miller; eight great-grandchildren; Emily Bontrager, Hayden Hughes, Winston Hughes, Reed Hughes, Jenna Hughes, Cadence Miller, Channing Miller and Piper Hays; 15 siblings: Eldon (Marian) Miller, of Lima, Betty deceased (Walter) Eberle, of Lima, Robert ( Betty deceased) Miller, of Lima, John (Barbara) Miller, of Lima, Ruth Eileen Miller, deceased, Helen (Floyd) Gross, of Wapakoneta, Richard (Betty) Miller, of Elida, Erma (Ronald deceased) Gross, of Wapakoneta, Mary Miller, deceased, Marcella, deceased (Robert) Pitchford, of Lima, Roger deceased (Betty) Miller, of Lima, Larry G. deceased (Sue) Miller, of Lima, Shirley (Mike) Stanley, of Muskogee, Okla., Carolyn Miller, deceased, and Ronald (Cheryl L.) Miller, of Beavercreek.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph Golden, a great-grandson, Preston Hughes, and son-in-law Gregory Mooney.
Miller founded Miller Brothers Tire Service in 1954 and it was an all consuming life endeavor. His slogan was â€˜The customer is what makes the businessâ€™. He enjoyed the family cottage and fishing at Indian Lake. He treasured spending time with family especially grandchildren and great grandchildren at family events and holidays. He was generous and compassionate giving monetary gifts, services and products to those in ministry and in need. He was a supporter of missionary endeavors and projects. He was the honorary chairman of Special Olympics. He also enjoyed his dog, Baby.
Services are at 11 a. m. Saturday at First Assembly of God in Lima, with the Revs. Randy Davis, Jerry Hall, Isaac Smythia and Dustin Hughes will officiate. Entombment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.
Contributions may be given to The American Diabetes Association, The Parkinsonâ€™s Association or the charity of the donorâ€™s choice.
Condolences may be shared at BayliffAndSon.com.