He was the oldest of 10 children born to Albert I. and Leona (Eberl) Miller of Attica who predeceased him. Brothers Joseph, Richard, Robert and Edward also predeceased him. He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 65 years, Eva (Dellinger) Miller. Three daughters, Kathleen Miller More, Linda (Wes) Fahrbach, and Susanne (Andrew) Polley, and five grandchildren, Kurt Loudy, Micheline Fahrbach, Lincoln (Brandy) Fahrbach, Eleanor Polley, and Lydia Polley survive. Also surviving are his siblings Esther Standifer, Raymond Miller, James (Valeda) Miller, Frederick Miller, and Ruth (Anthony) Stein, sister-in-law Nancy Miller as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was simultaneously both tough as nails and sweet and gentle. He was a hard worker his whole life. He grew up working on his grandparents’ farm and could fix anything with McGyver-esque talent.
He honed his skills while serving his country as a mechanic in the Korean War and then as a “utility” repairman for 30 years at New Departure in Sandusky. Much to his wife’s dismay, his knuckles were always nicked or bleeding and his fingernails always carried the remnants of having fixed someone’s car or furnace. He was known to be up on a ladder or under a sink until just recently.
The other side of him was fun-loving and gentle. The man that taught you how to change a tire was the same man who let his daughters put his hair in pony tails and let his granddaughters paint his nails. He had a quiet, calm temperament that made adults, children and animals feel safe and comfortable.
He had a quick wit and a quirky, dry sense of humor. He could be found reading physics books and was interested in anything science related, from mechanical engineering to meteorology to computer technology. He was a life-long prankster, having first teased his younger siblings in his youth. Later, he reveled in keeping his daughters on their toes; they always knew who left the banana peel under their car seat or the walnut in their purse.
The legacy he leaves his family is not the pool of Studebakers he was known for collecting. Rather, his legacy is showing us how to lead a Christian life. He was known to say that “being a Christian is harder to live by, but easier to die by.” Given his kind and generous soul, he surely will be welcomed into his Father’s house.
Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Auxter Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St, Bellevue. Albert's nephew, the Rev. John Miller, will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellevue St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Immaculate Conception Church or Immaculate Conception School.
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