William Virgil Miller

February 21, 1927 ‒ May 10, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

William Virgil Miller “Virgil”, age 88 of Delaware, OH passed away on the afternoon of Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Cherith unit of Willow Brook Christian Village.

Virgil was born on February 21, 1927 in Rix Mills, OH to Wilma and John Thomas Miller. After graduating valedictorian from Chandlersville High School in Chandlersville, OH he joined the Navy where he served on the USS Hornet in WWII and earned the ranking of Machine Mate 3 rd class. He then married his sweetheart, Evelyn Ruth Dike from Zanesville, OH and they shared 66 wonderful years of marriage.

Virgil went on to attend the Industrial Training Institute in Chicago, IL and graduated from the Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, IN earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for a number of corporations including Magnavox, Luxaire, and Parker Hannifin where, as a gifted engineer, he earned numerous patents for inventions in the air conditioning field. For these and other reasons he received national recognition by various trade publications. In 1970 he started a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, manufacturer’s representative business, Miller Component Sales. His son Roger joined the company in 1973 and son-in-law, Marv Shaffer came on board in 1977. Evelyn worked by his side for 28 years as company secretary and treasurer. Virgil used his leadership skills serving on many church and civic boards including the Geauga County Hospital in Chardon, OH, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Norcross, GA, and served as president of the Highlands Lake Condominium Assoc. in Westerville, OH. Virgil was passionate about flying and earned an instrument rated pilot license and owned an airplane. He and Evelyn were also avid bowlers and a highlight for them was winning the Karl Road Baptist Church season bowling championship in 2001-2002. Virgil and Evelyn traveled extensively, including trips to Alaska, Hawaii, and the Holy Land. One of his most cherished memories was when they had the rare opportunity to have a private visit with former President Ronald Reagan in 1997. Virgil and Evelyn lived out their strong Christian faith by serving faithfully in their local churches in many ways, with Virgil being best known as everyone’s beloved, smiling door greeter at all the churches he attended.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son Roger (Beth) Miller of Naples, FL, daughter Vickie (Marv) Shaffer of Galena, OH, 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, brother Herbert Miller of Thornville, OH, and sister Ada Mae (Wilbur) Watts of Zanesville, OH, sister JoAnn Sparks (Al) of Austin, TX.

He was preceded in death by brother Donald Miller.

Friends may call at 10:00AM to 12:00PM May 23rd at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury, OH where services will follow at 12:00PM. Interment with Military Graveside Honors will follow in the Sunbury Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions can be made to Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, www.rzim.org.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com .


  • Dear Roger, Beth and family;
    We want you to know that our sympathies are with you at this poignant moment of your lives. The loss of our parents may be expected as we age, but the memories can be stimulated by everyday moments. Hopefully, these thoughts and feelings can be enjoyed, discussed and even resolved for you, your children and the grandchildren.
    You both are in our thoughts and prayers.
    RJ and Karen