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April 18, 2013

Simon L. Miller Jr., 82, Elysburg

ELYSBURG — Simon L. Miller Jr., 82, of 108 Sunset Drive, was welcomed into glory and into the arms of his loving savior on Sunday, April 14, 2013.

He was born March 7, 1931, in Milton, a son of the late S. Lorenzo Sr. and Florence E. (Boudman) Miller. He was married for 57 years to the love of his life, June L. Miller, who preceded him in death on Oct. 10, 2011. They were married on Feb. 27, 1954.

He graduated in 1948 from Milton High School, where he was a multisport athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He played semi-pro basketball for the Locust Gap Apollos around 1949 to 1952. He attended Washington and Lee University.

Mr. Miller served from 1952 to 1968 in the Army, where he attained the rank of major, was in the infantry and was the chief of the Flight Examiner Branch at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia. He served multiple tours in Vietnam. He then attended the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Kentucky from 1968 to 1970, earning his master of divinity degree.

He served as minister of Elysburg Presbyterian Church from 1970 to 1975. He also was president of the school board at Southern Columbia. Mr. Miller lived in Isfahan, Iran, where he was employed by Bell Helicopter from 1976 to 1978 as a flight instructor for the Iranian Air Force as well as adviser to the commanding general of the Iranian Air Force. From 1980 to 1991, he was commander of the Indiantown Gap Flight Facility, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. Mr. Miller was involved with real estate in the Elysburg area. He also was the speaker at numerous public speaking engagements.

He was an avid golfer and won the senior championship at Jepko’s Three Ponds, now Knoebels. He also played Augusta National after winning second place in the Southeastern Amateur. Mr. Miller loved to write and authored the book, “Once Upon A Time.”

He led his life with a purpose to bring glory to God, to love his family and to achieve as much as he could with the time the Lord gave to him. He was well known for his impressive handshake and fine patriotism to the country he loved and served.

He is survived by one son, Gregory S. Miller, of Phoenix, Ariz., and one daughter, Tracy Miller Ray, of Elysburg; was preceded in death by another daughter, Cynthia Mullet, in 2007; and also is survived by nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Elizabeth A. Hogge, of Milton, and Patricia L. Schick, of Saranac, N.Y., and her husband, William B. Schick.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he was preceded in death by one brother, George F. Miller.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, in Elysburg Presbyterian Church, 320 W. Valley Ave., Ralpho Township, with his sister, the Rev. Dr. Patricia Schick, officiating.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL, or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville. Visit www.visneski.com.

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    GLACE, GEORGE T., 88, of Mount Pleasant Mills. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. today with Masonic service at 8:30 at George P. Garman Funeral Homes, Inc., 9366 Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills, and from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Thomas Independent Church, St. Thomas Road, Mount Pleasant Mills, followed by funeral at 3. Burial in St. Thomas Cemetery.
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