March 28, 1918 ‒ December 20, 2014
Russell Leroy Miller, 96, of Galion passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Mill Creek Nursing Center in Galion.
Russell was born March 28, 1918 in McClure, Ohio and was the son of John O. and Mabel V. (Alspaugh) Miller. On September 28, 1947 he married Helen Marie Freeman and she preceded him on February 6, 2003.
He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II engaging in battles in the Aleutian Islands, Italy, France, Germany and Austria in the European Theater. Russ often told interesting stories of packing artillery on mules in the Italian mountains. Previous to joining the Army he worked with his father at Miller’s Meat Market in Bellville. Russ later worked at Mansfield Tire and in the meat department at the Kroger Company in Galion and Mansfield retiring after 28 years. He was a member of the First United Church of Christ in Galion and enjoyed flea markets, woodworking, camping, fishing and The Ohio State University sports teams.
He is survived by children Doris E. (Doug) Van Allen of Marblehead, Mary M. (John) Mills of Crestline and John (Karin) Miller of Galion; grandchildren Dennis (Jenny) Van Allen of Galion, Christina Podolak of Medina, Jason (Shawna) Mills of Highpoint, NC, Jessica (Nick) Jones of Galion and Abigail (Adam) Gerhart of Mansfield; great grandchildren Courtney Van Allen, Gavin and Blake Podolak and Owen and Alexander Mills; sister Alice M. Otterbacher of Challis, ID and niece Dixie (Tom) Pettit of Challis, ID.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, December 29, 2014 the Bellville Cemetery with Rev. Loyd Caudill officiating. Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and American Legion Post #535 of Bellville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Church of Christ or the Wounded Warrior Project care of the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Russell Miller, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.