John Richard Miller, cherished husband of Dorothy Mae (Layer) Miller, went to his eternal life on July 21, 2021. John was born to Daniel and Irene (Spurgeon) Miller on September 27, 1930. He will be remembered for his endless love for his family, a man who saw the best in others, was generous, outgoing and had a passion for working hard and helping others.
John married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Layer, on February 18, 1949. He was a loving father to his children, Joanne (Tom) Miller and Rick (Judy) Miller. He would smile with pride when talking about his treasured grandchildren, Joel (Tami) Miller, Jay (Christina) Miller, Jill (Tim) McMahon, and Jason (Alisha) Miller. Privileged to have loving memories of time with him are his great grandchildren, Madeline and Aubrey McMahon, Lauren and Emma Miller, Lydia and Luke Miller, and Tyler and Megan Miller.
Also surviving are brothers, Terry (Maxine) Miller, Larry Miller (Fran Baby), Brownie Miller (Laveda Echelberry), Alan (Sharon) Miller and his sisters-in-law, Donna Hancock, Doris (Larry) Gray, and Darlene (Mike) Howard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Helen and Frederick Layer; niece, Valerie Caris; sisters, Phyllis Granata and Shirley Volkmer; brothers-in-law, Andy Granata, Bob Walker, and David Layer; and great granddaughter, Calli Elaine McMahon.
He will be deeply and dearly missed by his family members, his Carlisle Place family, and those who loved and knew him.
John’s family is very thankful and appreciative to the nurses, aides, and entire compassionate staff at Carlisle Place who have loved, cared for, and helped John and Dorothy these past years. Also, thank you to the team at Kindred Hospice, especially aide Julia and nurse Twilla for being additional blessings in his life during these past seven difficult months and who continue to care for Dorothy. Thank you to Brandie Blanton CNP for her exceptional care of John. Lastly, thank you to Pastor Tom Gruver, Pastor Brad Smith, and Kindred Hospice Chaplain Josh Stone for their spiritual guidance, visits, cards, calls, and prayers.
John graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1949. He was employed at Timken Roller Bearing Company for 30 years and served in various positions for 22 years on Bucyrus City Council.
He enjoyed playing baseball and softball and had fond memories of playing on a team with his beloved brothers. His passion for playing ball was instrumental in John helping to organize and start Little League and Babe Ruth teams in the community. Together, John and Dorothy owned Miller’s Furniture. Along with his best buddy, his son Rick, he owned and operated JRM Enterprises and Rick’s Sewer Service.
John had been an active member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Bucyrus Masonic Lodge #139, Bucyrus #160 Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Bucyrus Shrine Club, and Aladdin Temple of Columbus.
Private services will be held, and John will be laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery.
For those who wish to donate in his memory, the family suggests doing as John did, help someone in need or make a donation payable to Kindred Hospice and give through Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus, Ohio 44820. Memories and photos can be shared on John’s Tribute Wall.