Richard R. Miller
Feb. 15, 1930 – May 21, 2019
Richard Roy Miller was born Feb. 15, 1930, at the family home southwest of Milford to Ammon and Lydia (Birky) Miller, the fourth of seven children, and passed away May 21, 2019, at his home in Milford at age 89.
Richard accepted Christ at a young age and was baptized at East Fairview Mennonite Church, which he attended until his death. On June 24, 1951, Richard married Shirley Mae Roth, and to their union were born eight children, John, Mary, Don, Sherryl, Arla, Verlin, Rachel and Daryl.
Richard was the fourth generation to farm the family homestead near Milford, where he supported his family by growing crops, raising cattle and hogs and milking cows. He taught his children by example the value of hard work and the importance of family. In later years, he drove a school bus for Milford Public Schools for 13 years and often fondly reminisced about it.
Richard loved music and enjoyed leading congregational songs, singing in quartets and teaching music at Faith Christian School in Beaver Crossing. He also spent many hours reading his Bible, reading it through yearly for the past several years.
In retirement, Richard was always busy. After he and Shirley moved to town he created a beautiful backyard oasis, complete with a fountain, and built a sunroom to overlook the garden. He loved helping his children and grandchildren with their projects. For more than 10 years, he volunteered his time to Food Net and always enjoyed the many different people he met during that time. He and Shirley made yearly trips to Oregon to visit their children and families there. In 2017, Richard was privileged to be able to travel to Israel. His grandchildren have great memories of fishing and playing Rummikub with Grandpa.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, John and Victoria Miller and Mary and Robert Ake, all of Salem, Oregon, Don Miller of Milford, Sherryl and Randy McDaniel of Albany, Oregon, Arla and Marty Roth of Dorchester, Verlin and Ann Miller of Milford, Rachel and Jim Garza of LaVista and Daryl and Janal Miller of Lebanon, Oregon; 21 grandchildren, Nate Miller, Jed Dowell, Erica Reinhart, Alesha Pendygraft, Jeremy, Justin, Jathan, Jared Miller, Jesse, Waylon, Shawn and EIi McDaniel, Travis Roth, Teresa Dowling, Tisha Arens, Tonya Brandt, Josiah, Rebecca and Larissa Miller and Cerise and Coby Miller; 34 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Stutzman of Albany, Oregon; brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Linda Miller of Canon City, Colorado; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, AnnaMae Roth of Milford, Marvin Oswald of Allen, Dale and Grace Grieser of West Point and Ken and Vada Roth of Dorchester; many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley in 2010; brothers, Kermit, Merle and Virgil Miller; an infant sister; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Norvene Miller, Irene Miller, Earl Stutzman, Peggy Miller, Earl Roth, Clayton and Berniece Beckler and Eunice Oswald; and a daughter-in-law, Ginny Miller.
A funeral service was held May 25, 2019, at East Fairview Mennonite Church, with the Revs. Kyle and Brad Roth officiating. John Miller read the obituary, and Daryl and Verlin Miller shared family memories. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeremy, Justin, Jathan, Jared, Josiah and Rebecca Miller. Memorial contributions may be made to East Fairview Mennonite Church or to the Milford Food Net. Condolences may be sent to the family at laubermoore.com.