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Rev. John T. Miller

March 22, 1940 — July 5, 2021

Rev. John T. Miller

Rev. John Thomas Miller of Bucyrus, passed away on Monday, July 5th, 2021 following a recent stroke.



John was born March 22, 1940, in Bucyrus to the late Chalmer M. and Jane L. (Case) Miller and was a 1958 graduate of Bucyrus High School. John attended Heidelberg College where he was a member of the concert choir and graduated in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree. He completed his education by receiving his Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in 1965. While at Heidelberg, John met Marcelle Ann Harris and on December 29, 1961 they married. Marcy survives and together, they forged countless friendships over their 59 years of marriage.



John loved bringing joy to people. He loved seeing them smile and laugh, and he loved pastoring to the thousands of individuals he’s come in contact with. He began his career as the assistant pastor at St. Paul UCC in Bellville, Ill.; pastored at Spencerville UCC; served as Chaplain/Administrator for Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky; served as pastor of First UCC in Galion for 13 years and pastored at Bethlehem UCC. In 1996 he received his Intentional Interim Training and from there, went on to serve churches as an Interim Minister in Indianapolis, IN, Upper Sandusky, Bucyrus, Marion, Bellevue and Troy. In addition to those duties, he was active in singing at every church he was affiliated with.



John was a member of the Spencerville Lions Club, Galion Rotary Club, served as a moderator of the NW Ohio Association of United Church of Christ, and was a 2000 recipient of the Ben M. Herbster Award, presented by Fairhaven Community. John was also honored by being named Pastor Emeritus of First UCC in Galion.



John enjoyed 50 years of traveling around North America camping with family and friends. He and Marcy were longtime members of the Joy Riders camping group, and they also enjoyed 16 years of wintering in Zephyrhills, Florida. More recently, they enjoyed spending time at their place in Marblehead. John was also a pretty good cook and loved gathering with family so he could prepare a feast. His potato salad was always a favorite and almost every occasion included a unique, yet tasty, homemade pie. He enjoyed a game of cards with family and was always up for a bike ride.



John is survived by wife, Marcy; children, Elizabeth A. “Beth” (Kevin) Cotsmire of Leesville and Daniel J. “Dan” (Lezle) Miller of Tiffin; grandchildren, Cody (Jennifer) Gledhill, Zachary (Caitlyn) Gledhill, Shelby Gledhill (Samantha Marcum), Brennen Miller, Cory Miller, Keith Cotsmire, Adam Cotsmire, Alli Werling, Stefani Werling and Taylor Werling; six great grandchildren, Cooper, Jayce, Parker, Talon, Quinn and Ryder; one sister, JoAnn (Yaussy) Greiner; and his beloved dog Molly. John was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Ray Greiner.



John’s family is grateful for the assistance of their family friend, Jennifer Warner, who provided hospice care following his stroke, making it possible for him to gather with family and friends to see them smile, laugh, shed some tears, and love each other in his final days at his home.

Calling hours for John will be held from 4 – 7 pm Thursday, July 8 at Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus, Ohio and from 10-10:55 am Friday, July 9 at Galion First United Church of Christ, 248 Harding Way W., Galion, Ohio. His service of celebration will follow calling hours at the church beginning at 11:00 am and a private burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery, Bucyrus.



In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made payable to either First UCC of Galion or Fairhaven Community. These gifts will be accepted through the funeral home or at the church on the day of services. Memories are encouraged to be shared on his tribute wall.

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Past Services

Visitation

Friday, July 9, 2021

10:00 - 10:55 am (Eastern time)

First United Church of Christ of Galion

248 Harding Way West, Galion, OH 44833

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Celebration of Life

Friday, July 9, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First United Church of Christ of Galion

248 Harding Way West, Galion, OH 44833

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Burial

Oakwood Cemetery (at a later date)

835 Kaler Avenue, Bucyrus, OH 44820

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