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
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
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.
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.
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