John M. Miller

John M. Miller

Thursday, May 14th, 1931 - Thursday, December 26th, 2019
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John M. Miller, 88, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mount Joy.

He was born May 14, 1931, to Omar and Matilda (Snyder) Miller at Nampa, Idaho.

John graduated from Western Mennonite High School (1950), from Eastern Mennonite University (1959), Eastern Mennonite Seminary (1961), and later earned a Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

John’s life was oriented around missions, serving in a variety of ministry roles, including early voluntary service work in Puerto Rico; church planting and development work in Sinaloa, Mexico; missiology professor at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma; conference leadership roles with Franconia Mennonite Conference and Pacific Northwest Conference (MCUSA). During retirement, he continued to enjoy opportunities to write and teach, including several stints at Meserete Kristos College near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

John enjoyed making things out of repurposed objects, whether it was melting old candles into a new candle for his desk, concocting wassail for family gatherings, or seeing possibilities for pieces of wood found in nature and turned on his workshop lathe into objects of beauty.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; two children, Brian Miller and his wife Heather of Lancaster, PA, Elizabeth Comeaux and her husband Jeff of Hot Sulpher Springs, CO; one sister, Elizabeth Kennedy, Hubbard, OR; and six grandchildren, Nathaniel Comeaux, Caleb (Kelly) Comeaux, Mackenzie Miller, Noah Comeaux, Jansen Miller, and Hollyn Miller. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Allan Miller, and his sister Ruth Baugher.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 4 at 11 am at Stumptown Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Road, Bird-In-Hand, with visitation from 10-11 am. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or to Global Disciples, To send the family online condolences visit us at Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Stumptown Mennonite Church
    2813 Stumptown Rd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 11:00am
    Stumptown Mennonite Church
    2813 Stumptown Rd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Stumptown Mennonite Cemetery
    2813 Stumptown Road


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Lucille Becky Powell

Posted at 08:27am
Dear Elizabeth, Jeff and Family,
It grieves me that I can not be there today to offer my condolences and support in person. After reading your father's obituary and learning about the many ways he served others, it was easy to see his influence in shaping the people you are today. Mr. Miller's discipleship touched many lives across the globe. Although he has completed his earthly journey, Mr. Miller leaves you with a legacy and global footsteps for you to follow. Your dad truly left this world in a better place than he found it. I pray that as you mourn his loss your fond memories give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
With Sympathy,
Becky Powell and family

Samuel Lopez

Posted at 08:02pm
Dear Doris and family...I just read about the passing of our dear brother John. On behalf of all our Mexican churches in Sinaloa and Sonora, and also the Hispanic Mennonite Churches in Oregon, and Pennsylvania, I want to express our deepest gratitude to God and to your family for the gift of our brother John or Juan as we called him. His ministry and life is an example of Christian leadership. John's life and ministry was a blessing and has left a legacy of a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for sharing hermano Juan with us. We will always remember the legacy that he has left us. May the Lord give Doris and the family peace and comfort. Samuel Lopez, President of Iglesia Evangélica Menonita en Mexico, and Administrator of the Shalom Council of Churches, New Holland, PA..

Jay B Landis

Posted at 02:27pm
Brian, your mother, and other family members,

I have just learned about your father's death this past week. I want to offer you my sincere sympathy in this experience. John and I go way back to EMHS days when he was teaching Spanish. For a while we shared the apartment in John Horst's basement before he moved away, when Peggy and I were married and moved into that place in 1961. As the years passed we lost contact except I knew that your family had located in Lancaster, my home place. I remember what a fine scholar John was, carrying on excellent scholarship and teaching. I read the Lancaster obituaries and the account of his life and passing recalled many good memories of those old teaching days.

With love and caring,

Jay B. Landis

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