Russell Miller

March 28, 1918 ‒ December 20, 2014

Galion, Ohio

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

  • What a great guy. I knew Russell for about 50 years and spent lots of time with his family, talking baseball and lots of other things. Thanks for the memories Russell! My thoughts and prayers to John, Mary, Doris and their families. I know how much they appreciated you and how much they’ll miss you!

  • What a wonderful neighbor Russell was. He was always so pleasant and kind. We hated to see him move from our neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • John & Karin:
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the passing of your Dad. He was always so kind and engaging when I would spend time at your house as a kid.
    May all the memories he’s left you, live on in your hearts forever!

  • To the families of Russell Miller,
    Max and I send our love and sympathy to all of you in the loss of your loved.
    May you find peace at this holiday and know that you are cared about and loved.
    Max and Ruby Cover, Harlingen, Texas

  • To the Family, we are sorry to read about the death of your Father. May he rest in peace. Know that many are praying for all of you. Hope you can enjoy your Holiday knowing he is in a better place now.

  • Russell was a great man and will be sadly missed by the entire Windbigler Family. He worked at Kroger’s with Bob for many years and we always enjoyed going to the company picnic and spending time with Russell and Helen. Deepest sympathy to the entire Miller family.

  • I am deeply saddened of the passing of Uncle Russell. I will always remember what a kind and wonderful man he was. I always looked forward to seeing he and Aunt Helen on our trips to Ohio. Please know that you all are in my thoughts.