Dr. David L. Miller

November 21, 1928 ‒ December 12, 2015

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Dr. David Loren Miller (Dave), age 87 of Delaware, Ohio passed away with grace on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Grady Memorial Hospital.

He was born November 21, 1928 in Lakewood, Ohio to the late Paul and Hazel (Rudd) Miller. On July 31, 1955 he married Rosalie (Lyon) Miller. Prior to his marriage to Rosalie, Dave served in the Korean War and was introduced to Rosalie, by her cousin, Jack Reece, a fellow U.S. Army man.

Dave excelled in academics from a very early age and began Kindergarten at age four.  The pinnacle of his academic achievements was earning a Doctorate of Philosophy from The Ohio State University in 1968.   Dr. Miller worked in academia for decades, serving as the Marion, Ohio, Assistant Superintendent of Schools and retiring in 1988 as the Delaware, Ohio, Superintendent of Schools.

Dr. Miller lived his life as a quiet, yet strong man, whose guiding principles were love, respect and consideration.  He loved his family fiercely, enjoyed travel, and loved to golf and play Bridge, Euchre, and Scrabble.   Dave loved music.  During his lifetime he performed in a community musical with his daughter, Nancy and was an active member of the Willow Brook Singers.  Dr. Miller was a community leader, during his lifetime.  Notably, he served as the President of the Delaware Ohio Area Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Rotary Clubs of Delaware and Marion, Ohio (served as President), and President of the Red Cross Board of Marion, Ohio.   Dr. Miller worshiped at the Epworth United Methodist church in Marion, Ohio and the William Street United Methodist Church in Delaware.

He is  survived by his wife of 60 years, Rosalie and their two children Nancy (Cindy) Miller of Lindenhurst, IL., and David (Laura) Miller of Delaware, OH; and two grandchildren Jacob Miller of Delaware, OH., and Katy (Paul) Kitchen, of Columbus, OH; one brother, Paul Miller of Clearwater, FL.; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brother Richard Miller.

Visitation will be held at Willow Brook Christian Village South, 100 Willow Brook Way S., Delaware on Wednesday from 3pm – 5pm with a short memorial service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Miller’s life may be honored by making donations to Willow Brook Foundation, 100 Willow Brook Way S., Delaware, Ohio  43015.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Miller family and condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Rosalie and family,
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Dr. Miller was always very kind and caring with a warm, friendly smile on his face. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. May the many fond memories of him help you through this difficult time. I appreciate having had the chance to know and work with him. I am glad I have also had the chance to know all of you. Take care. Love, Gayle, Fritz, Donald, Karen, Helen and Ray

  • Rosalie and Family.
    My heart felt condolence and prayers goes out to you on the loss of a Husband, Father and a wonderful person. I met David Jr. who is one of, if not my best friend when we were playing golf as youngster’s. and i was quickly introduced to Dr. miller. Over the years i was privileged to work for him doing remodeling in their home. Dave & Rosalie always treated me like one of their Family inviting my family to dinners and events.
    They also became great friends to my Parents who immensely enjoyed spending time together, especially on the golf course. I will always have fond memories of Him and his kindness and generosity to me. I trust Junior and Nancy have met him at the Pearly Gates with his new set of Clubs. Great Man, I’m glad i knew him.

    Love Jim & Deb Ballinger

  • Rosalie, Nancy, Cindy, David, Laura, Jacob, Katy, & Paul

    Our thoughts are with you all. We know loving memories will help comfort you at this time.
    Love,
    Nancy, Mike, & Ruby

  • Dr. Miller’s life was, indeed, an example of “love, respect, and consideration.” It was also a life of service to the community, a tower of dignity, selfless leadership and grace. Your family’s friendship with ours is an important touchstone in my life, a blessing we cherish and celebrate in memory of “Big Dave,” as Mother and Dad say even to this day, in deference to “Young Dave.” You are in our hearts, Rosalie, Nancy, and Dave.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. As I reflect on the time I had the privilege of knowing and working with him in Delaware, I remember what a great positive influence he was on me both professionally and personally. I enjoyed his sense of humor and friendship but more importantly his never ending sense of loyalty to the children and citizens of Delaware who entrusted in him the future of their children.
    I’m sure he will be missed and remembered as a wonderful husband, father and community leader who calmly when about doing his best for everyone.
    Dave, it was a pleasure. Rest in peace.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. As I reflect on the time I had the privilege of knowing and working with him in Delaware, I remember what a great positive influence he was on me both professionally and personally. I enjoyed his sense of humor and friendship but more importantly his never ending sense of loyalty to the children and citizens of Delaware who entrusted him with the future of their children.
    I’m sure he will be missed and remembered as a wonderful husband, father and community leader who calmly went about doing his best for everyone.
    Dave, it was a pleasure. Rest in peace.

  • Dear Mrs. Miller, David, Nancy, and your families,
    I was saddened to hear of Dr. Miller’s passing. He was a loving father, great role model, and a true gentleman. I have many happy memories of time spent with your family when we were growing up. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May your good memories and God’s grace and love comfort you. With love, Jill

  • You all remain in my prayers. May God’s comfort, peace, and love embrace and enfold you. I regret I cannot be with you today, but look forward to talking with Rosalie soon. Your William Street Church family gives thanks for Dave and for his faithful service in our church and community. With love and prayer, Pastor Julie

  • Dear Rosalie and Family,

    I am sad to hear of Dr. Miller’s passing. I send you all, family and friends, my condolences and thoughts of comfort. Dave was a fine man and I appreciate the professional and caring support he generously extended during the years we worked together.

    May happy memories offer you support and strength in the days and months ahead.

    In deep sympathy, Jo Ann