Robert “Jake” Miller

March 19, 1932 ‒ September 08, 2016

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Robert “Jake” Miller, 84, of Bellville passed away peacefully Thursday, September 8, 2016 at his home.

The son of Chester and Elsie (Zaebst) Miller, Jake was born March 19, 1932 in Mansfield and was graduated from Bellville High School in 1950.

Jake served in the Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955 and was honorably discharged.  On January 18, 1953 he married Joan Kelly and celebrated 63 wonderful years of marriage.

Jake along with Bob Flowers, cofounded Home and Kitchen Supply Company.  Jake retired in 1989.

He looked forward to spending winters in Naples, Florida.  Jake enjoyed fishing and boating and has found memories of traveling the United States with along with Joan in their motor home.

Never one to sit still he enjoyed many things including family, friends and working around his farm north of Bellville.  He also spent many years raising cattle and percheron horses.  He showed his horses in parades, at Malabar Farm and at the Richland County Fair.

After retirement Jake cut firewood.  On sunny days and through hot and cold weather, it didn’t matter to Jake.  If he had a chainsaw in hand he was having a good day.

Handy, Jake built his own home and the first apartments in Bellville.  He was a man who instilled a strong work and business ethic in his children.  He enjoyed working on projects for the farm and helping his children in planning and building their homes.

He was a 32nd Degree Mason and 60 year member of the Bellville Masonic Lodge #376, member of the Homebuilders Association of Mansfield, the Ohio Retail Lumber Dealers Association, and served as past president and member of the Mansfield Exchange Club.  He was a member and attended St. Paul Lutheran Church.  He was a lifetime member of the Percheron Horse Association and member of the Central Ohio Draft Horse Association.

He is survived by his loving wife Joan (Kelly) Miller of Bellville, children Ken (Diana) Miller of Bellville, Brad Miller of Bellville and special friend Connie Tier, Darrell (Rene) Miller of Lexington, and Judy (Chuck) Golden of Bellville; grandchildren Kristy (Shane) Walker, Kelli (Joe) Cyrus, Ben Miller, Andy (Shera) Miller, Steven Miller and special friend Brielle Sautter, Joey Miller, Devin Eggerton, Luke Golden, MacKenzie Golden, and Valerie Golden; six great grandchildren.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by infant children Chris and Amy Miller.

The Miller family will receive friends Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2-5 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where at 5 pm Masonic Services will be performed by the Bellville Masonic Lodge #376.  Funeral services will be Monday at 2pm at the funeral home. Pastor Doug Pretorius will officiate. Jake will ride oh his horse drawn wagon to Bellville Cemetery where graveside services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Jefferson Township/Bellville Rescue Squad or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by

  • To the Miller Family

    Sorry for the loss of your loved one. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you!

  • To the Miller family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for the family. We have fond memories of showing horses together and the weekends at Malabar Farm.

  • Will always cherish our friendship and winters spent in Florida. Special prayers to Joan and other family members. He will be missed.

  • Darrell & Rena and Family,
    Deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Jake. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I remember Jake well! Especially the Draft Horses ! My condolences! Please celebrate his Life!
    Garry L. Walker

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Jake was a special man so full of energy.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • So sorry to all the Miller family for your loss. Jake was such a nice man. He was always very kind to me. He will be missed by alot of people. My grandchildren loved to go up to his barn and feed his horses carrots when he had them. Special memories. Thoughts and prayers to you.

  • My condolences to the family of Jake. I’m so glad I had the opportunity of knowing this great man! He will never be forgotten

  • Joan (and family) So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember fondly the many double dates, square dancing and having good times together. Max and I were attendants at your wedding. My sincere condolences. Pat (Stewart) Metcalf

  • Chuck and Judy , so sorry for the loss of your father. Hang on to all the precious memories you hold in your heart.

  • My deepest condolences to Andy and his family. Your loss will be in my thoughts and prayers over this hard weekend.

  • Darrell, Rena & Joey,
    Sad to hear about the loss of your dad & grandpa. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
    The Strickler’s

  • So sorry to hear of Jake’s passing he was always so good to Jim and our family when Jim was so sick he brought his whole family over plus all his equipment and cut wood all day cause he knew Jim could not do it he was a great neighbor we will miss you and thanks for all you did for us

  • We offer our sympathy on the loss of Jake Miller to all the family. It is difficult to see the passing of a beloved member of our community. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Nancy and Bob Snyder

  • JoAnn and family so sorry to here about Jakes passing he will be missed dearly. Judy I will never forget all wonderful memories when we were kids from playing in cabin in woods and riding horses and snowmobiles and riding in convertible with your dad and mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Gil and Tari,Sloan Bowman

  • Andy and family,

    So sorry to hear about your grandpa. Thinking about all of you. My deepest sympathy and condolences to everyone.

  • Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Wayne & Dawn Lewis

  • Andy –

    Thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. Very sorry for your loss.

    Ryan Howes

  • Your family is in or thoughts and prayers!! What a wonderful legacy he has left-blessings to your entire family!
    Justin and Erica Walker and family

  • Your family have are deepest sympathies. You all will be in our thoughts during this difficult time.

    Walt and Robin Farlee

  • Sorry for your loss just found out. Prayers and sympathy. John thought alot of jake and enjoyed doing things with him. It is sad to see another piller of bellville passing on. God bless your family
    Malinda worner Nowowiejski