Daniel W. Miller
March 04, 1946 ‒ April 19, 2021
Daniel William Miller passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 19, 2021, in the comfort of his own home, with his wife at his side. He was born in Galion, Ohio on March 4, 1946, the son of William S. & Velma E. Fetters Miller.
Recently, he found a list of goals that he had set for himself when he was a student at Northmor High School. His goals included graduating with the first class of NHS in 1964, gaining full time employment (which began at HPM, followed by Hercules, Peabody, and McClain EZ Pak until he retired as a Tool & Die Maker 30 years later). Owning an Auto Repair business on his own property was also part of his goals as was getting married and starting a family.
He joined the United States Army in 1965 and returned from his tour of duty in Viet Nam with the Army 196th Light Infantry Brigade in July,1967. He married Darlene Smith on May 28,1966, and they were blessed with three daughters, Michelle, Rebecca and Jan. In their nearly 55 years together, they could be found working together in the fields, woods and gardens, in the garage, doing yard work or building things, and in recent years, cooking together. They also enjoyed traveling to the New England states, Wisconsin and three month-long camping trips out west to visit life-time friends, Paul & Sharon Coleman in Montana. One trip was extra special because traveling with them were their 3 daughters and the family dog.
In his youth, Dan attended Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and as an adult rededicated his life to God by baptism while attending Peace Church of Christ. As a member of the Morrow Co. Antique Tractor Club, he enjoyed that community and became involved with various activities. A man of many interests and skill-sets, he could talk easily with everyone about English Fords, engines, trucks, machinery, lathes, heavy equipment, building with wood, computers, rock-n-roll music, cooking, fishing & bird watching. He especially enjoyed watching the birds that came to the birdfeeders and shared many stories and observations.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother (Searl E. Miller), infant sister (Linda Miller), a grandson (Jackson R. Moyer), and parents-in-law (Elbert L. & Jane P. Smith).
He is survived by his wife, daughters Michelle J. Fidler, Rebecca D. Bigley (Randy) & Janice E. Miller (Mike Hoffman), granddaughters Ashley & Mia Fidler, Brooke & Kate Bigley, & Harley Hoffman, grandsons William Fidler, Austin (Aubrie), Robert, & Ryan Bigley, Jeffrey & Jared LaRue. Great-grandchildren include Evelyn, Maverick & Kiara Bigley and Skyla & Malakai La Rue. He is also survived by twin sisters Annetta F. Milliron (Durk) & Noretta F. Harding (George).
At 75, Dan had reached the age of Gratitude. He had more than accomplished his list of goals and had so many happy times with his precious family and friends. He had a special bond with each family member and friend. He was truly thankful to be able to live his life his way, being able to go outside and get on the tractors, go for a ride in his truck, or exploring on his scooter.
Calling hours will be at the Craven-Snyder Funeral Home on Friday, June 25 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, June 26 from 11-12 with a Celebration of Life service immediately following at 12:00. A dinner will follow at the Mt. Gilead Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
Morrow Co. Service Unit
950 Meadow Dr. – Suite B
Mt. Gilead, OH 43338
American Legion – Delaware Post O888
60 Big Run Rd.
Delaware, OH 43015
Amvets Post 87
Galion, OH 44833
VFW Post 8054
Mt. Gilead, OH 43338
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Dan’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com .