Rev. Lowell B. Miller
Rev. Lowell B. Miller
SPENCERVILLE, Ohio — The Rev. Lowell B. Miller, 95, of rural Spencerville, died at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, following a short illness.

He was born May 18, 1919, near Mendon in Mercer County, to the late Harry F. and Zoa Hannah Emans Miller.

On June 22, 1941, he married Ruth L. Clark, who survives in Spencerville.


Other survivors include two daughters: Linda (Harold) Street of Houston, Ohio, and Rebecca (David) Keifer of Piqua; three sons: Edwin (Judy) Miller of Southington, Connecticut, Dr. David (Dr. Joy) Miller of Circleville, and James Miller of Newark; one sister: Vonnie McDorman of Clayton; 26 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers: Albert, who died in World War II, Harry Jr., Dean W. and infant Melvin Wayne Miller, and two sisters: Dorothy Thomas and Eloise Miller.

Lowell was a 1937 graduate of Spencerville High School. He then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He worked as a supervisor at the St. Marys Goodyear plant until World War II, when he joined the Army Air Forces, serving as a power turret and gun sight specialist with the rank of technical sergeant in the 283rd Bomb Squad Training Unit. He started preaching during the pastorate of the Rev. N.C. McNelly, a local pastor. He supplied pastorate services for churches while in the Army Air Forces, even filling in for their chaplain at times.

After the war, he returned to Goodyear for a few months before resigning to attend Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in philosophy in 1950. He received his degree in theology with honors in 1951 and was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene in 1954, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. He served churches in Montpelier, Kenton, Sidney, Springfield and St. Paris, all in Ohio. While at Sidney, he was responsible for relocating and building a new church building. In retirement, he worked several years on camp maintenance at the Nazarene Camp Center, St. Marys, and supplied churches throughout the northwestern district. He served eight months in Paulding and three wonderful years at Countryside near Van Wert.

He was a life member of American Legion Post 888 in Columbus.

Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville. Pastor Tom Shobe will officiate. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery with military rites by Spencerville Veterans.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Spencerville Church of the Nazarene.

Condolences may be sent to tbayliff@woh.rr.com.