Donald Leroy Miller, age 73, of Claysville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 while under the care of Countryside Nursing Home, Mercer, PA.
Born March 22, 1943, in West Finley Twp., he is the son of the late George Gaylord and Anna Irene (Wood) Miller.
Don graduated in 1961 from McGuffey High School. He was an avid lifelong dairy and beef farmer. Miller Family Farms was first established in 1946 and has remained in the family since. He raised his own children on the farm and was adamant about his children attending and graduating from college. He also was a major influence with farm hands and foster children who visited the farm. He had a special connection and association with children that needed help and guidance. Don taught them to strive to do their best. Don loved his horses, he was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Claysville Christian Church where he served as a Deacon. Don also drove school bus for about 50 years for McGuffey School District, many students referred to him as “Daddy Don.” He enjoyed taking the children on various field trips. Don will be deeply missed by many who knew and loved him.
On November 4, 1961, he married Jill C. Miller, of Claysville, PA, the couple spent 55 wonderful years together. Loving Father of, Donald R. (Lee Ann) Miller, Daniel J. (Shelly) Miller and Laurel A. Miller, all of New Wilmington, PA; Grandfather of, Ashton Marie (Joe) Cunningham, Anna Lee Miller, Donald James Miller, Chance Miller, Beckett Miller, Tennyson Miller and Landry Miller, his seven grandchildren knew him best as “Dad-Dad”; Brother of, Raymond L. (Lynne) Miller, Robert A. (Jana) Roberts, Ruth (Ike) Davis and Linda (James) Davis; Step-son of Martha M. Miller.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his baby boy, David Ray Miller; his sister, Lois Jean Davis and brother, Richard Bell.
Friends will be received on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 12-3 p.m. and Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Claysville Christian Church, 128 Church Street, Claysville, PA, 15323.
A Funeral Service will be held at the Miller Family Farm’s on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Meade Lacock and Pastor Paul Thomas, officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ARRIVE BY 10:00AM TO THE FARM IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE FUNERAL. The Funeral Service location is 294 Taylorstown Ridge Rd. Claysville, PA. 15323. There will be signs marking the route. Please use the Bioni Farm Entrance when arriving. Interment will follow in the Claysville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Claysville Christian Church, 128 Church Street, Claysville, PA, 15323 or to the Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boon, NC, 28607.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Kesterson-Rush Funeral Home, LLC. 3275 W. Roy Furman Hwy., Rogersville, PA, 15359. (724) 499-5181.
Please view and sign the on-line tribute wall at www.kestersonfh.com.