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Rev. Lowell B. Miller PDF Print
Monday, June 09, 2014 8:00 PM

May 18, 1919

June 8, 2014

SPENCERVILLE — Rev. Lowell B. Miller, 95, of rural Spencerville died at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys following a short illness.

He was born May 18, 1919, near Mendon in Mercer County, to Harry F. and Zoa Hannah (Emans) Miller, who preceded him in death.


On June 22, 1941, he married Ruth L. Clark, who survives in Spencerville.


Also surviving are two daughters, Linda (Harold) Street of Houston and Rebecca (David) Keifer of Piqua; three sons, Edwin (Judy) Miller of Southington, Connecticut, Dr. David (Dr. Joy) Miller of Circleville and James Miller of Newark; a sister, Vonnie McDorman of Clayton; 26 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers: Albert, who died in World War II, Harry Jr., Dean W. and infant Melvin Wayne Miller; and two sisters, Dorothy Thomas and Eloise Miller.

Lowell was a 1937 graduate of Spencerville High School and then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He worked as a supervisor at the St. Marys Goodyear Plant until World War II, when he joined the Army Air Force where he was a power turret and gun sight specialist with the rank of Technical Sergeant in the 283rd Bomb Squad Training Unit.

He started preaching during the pastorate of the Rev. N.C. McNelly, a local pastor. He supplied pastorate services for churches while in the Army Air Force and even filled in for their Chaplain at times.

After the war, he returned to Goodyear for a few months and then resigned to attend Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois, where he earned an BA degree in philosophy in 1950, with honors. He received his degree in theology in 1951 with honors and was ordained in 1954 in the Church of the Nazarene, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. He served churches in Montpelier, Kenton, Sidney, Springfield and St. Paris, all in Ohio. While at Sidney, he was responsible for relocating and building a new church building.

In retirement, he worked several years on camp maintenance at the Nazarene Camp Center in St. Marys and supplied churches throughout the North Western District. He served eight months in Paulding and three wonderful years at Countryside near Van Wert.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post 888 in Columbus.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. today in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, with Pastor Tom Shobe officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mendon Cemetery, with the Spencerville Veterans conducting military rites at the grave site.

Memorials are to the Spencerville Church of the Nazarene.

Condolences may be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:06 PM

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