John William Miller, Sr.
John William Miller, Sr., age 75, of Elwell passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw on Saturday, April 5, 2014. John was born on July 23, 1938 in Seville Township, the son of Willard and Marie Ruth (Gee) Miller. He was raised in the Elwell area and graduated from Alma High School with the class of 1957. He furthered his education studying agriculture at Michigan State University.
John was employed at Lobdell Emery for 35 years, retiring in 1995. He was also a life-long, self-employed farmer. John enjoyed farming, hunting, bowling, spending time with his family and his dog Ginger. He was very proud of being part of the 1957 Alma High School State Champion Football team. He also loved watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and the Young and Restless. John was a member of the Seville Community Church of God and the St. Louis Moose Lodge Number 1566.
On May 23, 1970, John married Harriet E. Schlarf in Seville Township, who survives. He is also survived by 2 daughters: Robin (Dave) Gingerich of Alma and Laura (Bryn) Sneary of Burton; 4 sons: Herb (Kathleen) Weaver of Alma , John Jr. and his special friend, Sharla Welch of Alma; Merle Miller of Alma and Don (Jody) Weaver of Vestaburg; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; 3 siblings: Henry (Barb) Miller of Elwell, Edward (Gwen) Miller of Georgia and Francis Miller of Alma and numerous extended family members and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Marie Ruth; a son, David Miller; 2 brothers: Jim and Richard and 2 sisters: Zelma Marshall and Alma Silva.
A funeral service honoring John will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 12 noon at the Seville Church of God, with Pastor George Showers officiating. A visitation will be held 2 hours prior to the service (10 a.m. to 12 noon) also at the church.
Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made payable to Harriet Miller to assist the family with the funeral expenses.
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