John Charles Miller

John Charles Miller

Wednesday, October 31st, 1923 - Thursday, December 26th, 2019
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John Charles Miller, 96, passed away at night on Wednesday, December 25, at the Park Creek Place Memory Care Community near Philadelphia.
Born in Fort Collins, CO, he was the son of Mark and Effie Miller.
Growing up, he worked in his parents’ photographic studio in Fort Collins. He served in WW II as a private in the 414th regiment of the 104th infantry division through much of the European campaign. After the war he attended the Rochester Institute of Technology to study photography where he met his wife Elizabeth (Betty) Groff. Moving to New Holland, PA, in 1952, they established the Miller Studio which continued in operation until around 1990.
John designed and supervised the construction of their home and studio on Conestoga Street.
John and Betty were very active in scouting, with John acting as scoutmaster for Troop 137 for many years and developing campground “Noodle Ducey” near Morgantown. At the same time, they directed the St. Stephens junior Sunday school class and organized summer retreats. In the 1970’s they were the hosts to a non-denominational Christian fellowship “Koinonia” that met in their home. John and Betty had very strong commitments to international missions, supporting children through Compassion International, and giving much of their time and effort to supporting refugee families from Vietnam.
John also spent much time constructing and remodeling facilities at the Stauffer Homestead Farm in Goodville belonging to Betty’s parents, Edna and A.B.C. Groff, taking over farm management from 1968 through 1986. John and Betty created Groff Memorial Park and donated it to the Borough of New Holland in remembrance of Edna and A.B.C. Groff.
After Betty’s death, John married Doris H. Lowry in 2004, who predeceased him in 2010.
John is survived by: his sister, Beth Schieck, 100, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; his sons, Charles D. and Keith B. Miller; three grandchildren, Ari A. Miller, Kelilah A. Miller, and Ian D. Miller; and four great grandchildren, Matilda, Micah, Ezra and Gabriel.
A funeral service will be held at St. Stephen’s Church in New Holland on Thursday, January 2. Visitation will begin at 1:00pm, with the Memorial Service at 2:00pm followed by internment in the St. Stephen’s Cemetery. A fellowship meal will be provided beginning around 3:30pm with time for sharing memories. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Groff Memorial Park c/o Security National Trust Company,
100 E King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-207-0677
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    St. Stephen Reformed Church
    249 E. Main St.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Stephen Reformed Church
    249 E. Main St.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Timothy Witmer
  • Interment

    St. Stephen Reformed Cemetery
    249 E. Main St.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
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Tom and Cheryl Weaver

Posted at 10:12pm
To the family of Mr Miller
My memories go back to my childhood and the Sunday School classes at St Stephen Reformed Church. They were good teachers and planned fun church activities. I will remember both of your parents with very good memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Cheryl (Eberly) Weaver

Truyen, Tuan, Tu, To-Nhu, Quynh-Nhu, Thao, Thi Vu

Posted at 08:39am
We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mr. John Miller. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family . Love, The Vu Family
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Kathy Barth

Posted at 01:13pm
Charlie, Keith and families,
What a great picture of your dad. It makes my heart ache to see him again. He was so good to Mother and kind to all of us in her
family. His service in WWII is some thing remarkable that we will always remember him for.
We will see you at his service.
Bob and Kathy Barth

Y Linh Huynh

Posted at 06:25pm
"He gives strength to the weary and increased the power of the weak." Isaiah 40:29.
May God wrap His arms around you and the entire family and give you peace. Mr. Miller will deeply be missed. We are so blessed to know him & your family. The Huynh family.

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